Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is next to nil, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re planning on retrofitting your current Central home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to use in the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their relatively uncomplicated technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to furnish your Central home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely compatible – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too showy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the criteria for “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the good you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey up to five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the chachet of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t leave as much of a physical footprint in your yard as you might expect. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Central and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively compact the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Very little above-ground surface is needed in any event, whether vertical, horizontal, open (well water), or pond loops are installed. Result? You can keep your little patch of paradise a whole lot greener.
  5. Geothermal HVAC systems are incredibly quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform significantly quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working flawlessly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does sooner or later have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need very little maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to endure for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, safeguarded indoors from weather extremes, need only occasional scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a yearly coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as beneficial in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially put to pastureed by ongoing advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be configured to multitask. Okay, so you’ve decided on heating your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home too? And what if you have a swimming pool? Don’t fret. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of conventional heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal professionals at Fairfield Heating & Cooling today. They’ll explain in detail the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Central home.