How Do I Determine Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopYou might well ask someone who still hasn’t gotten the word about geothermal heating and cooling if they’ve been living underground for, oh, say, the last half century. Of course, that person would undoubtedly miss the irony of your question, since the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

Anymore, though, most homeowners understand at least a little about the rewards of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are thinking about one, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their current system or as the system they install in that new home they’re building.

Contemplating switching to geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are seductive:

  • Switching out your old, familiar HVAC system with a geothermal one could help you slash your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are amazingly energy efficient. That, coupled with the fact that they have a benignly symbiotic relationship with the environment, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems available today.
  • With the options geothermal systems offer – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, first off – you’re in a better position to ensure that the system you select is the most efficient and effective for your home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are built for generations of dependable use. The fact that they have so few parts, need less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be located indoors, out of the weather, surely helps.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be installed any time of the year. The weather and the temperature are no handicap, and no further fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Almost no yard space is needed for a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is required is unobtrusive; your home and landscaping won’t be deprived of the “curb appeal” you work diligently to maintain.
  • Finally, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming ever more affordable – even without the current availability of federal tax credits and rebates. Improvements in system design and manufacturing processes as well as greater competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
Still, as inviting as all this is, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a considerable investment. Whether or not it’s the ideal investment for you is dependent not only on your budget but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the existing ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you settle on replacing or retrofitting your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, consult with the specialists at Geothermal North. We can help you make the ideal choice – and provide you with the optimal geothermal heating and cooling solution for your home.