Would you like to reduce your heating and cooling bills and help the environment at the same time? If so, a geothermal heating and cooling system may be the right system for you. It’s not as complicated as it sounds. Geothermal heat pumps simply use the heat trapped in the top 10 feet of the earth’s crust to help maintain a comfortable and consistent temperature in buildings. A geothermal HVAC system is a smart alternative to traditional systems that use outside air. Here are three things to understand about geothermal energy.
It’s Better for the Environment
Just about everywhere on our beautiful planet, the top 10 feet of the earth’s surface sustains a stable temperature, somewhere between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Geothermal heat pumps use this valuable resource through a closed loop system to help cool and heat buildings, and they ultimately reduce our carbon footprint by saving energy. In the wintertime, the geothermal heat pump eliminates heat from the heat exchanger and then pumps it into the indoor air venting system, comfortably warming the building. In the summertime, the method is reversed to help cool the building.
It’s Better for Your Health
Geothermal HVAC systems typically don’t use flames to heat the building, so the risk of hazardous carbon monoxide leaks are removed. Geothermal systems are also normally much quieter than traditional heat pumps and therefore help reduce noise pollution, making your home feel more peaceful. Also, the state-of-the-art systems normally use top-of-the-line air filtration systems that eliminate dust, pollution, pollen, and odors, enabling you and your family to breathe easier.
It’s Relatively Hassle Free
Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require a lot of land or even a lot of money. The initial investment required can generally be reduced through tax incentives. As a result of the 2009 Economic Stimulus act, most homeowners can qualify to get a substantial federal tax incentive of about 30 percent of the cost of a qualified geothermal heat pump system.
Typically it will take two to 10 years to see the payback, but a good HVAC company will help you with the calculations and qualification and show you what to expect in terms of the overall cost of installation, regular maintenance, and monthly payments. They will also recommend a maintenance program and educate you on the costs and timeline up front.
Geothermal systems are fairly easy to customize and can easily be integrated with existing HVAC systems, including forced air and radiant floor heating. They are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and feel good about helping the environment by saving energy. Geothermal HVAC systems have been utilized for almost 50 years worldwide, keeping people cozy in their homes, schools, and hospitals in a more natural way.
There are many benefits to a geothermal heating and cooling system. A more energy efficient home will not only decrease the cost of future utility bills, it will vastly improve the comfort of your home. It may also add resale value to your home. Why not look into a new geothermal system for your home today? The initial consultation is generally free of charge.