Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems
Benefits of a Geothermal System
Geothermal systems offer many advantages over other heating & cooling options, ranging from better efficiency and lower operating costs to superior comfort and environmental benefits. Here are some of the reasons you should consider getting a geothermal system for your home:
|Lower Operating Costs
Geothermal systems can save you up to 70% on your monthly heating, cooling and hot water bills. While modern conventional systems can reach 95% efficiency, Geothermal systems have efficiency ratings of 300 to 500%!
|Positive Return On Investment (ROI)
It's easy to focus too much on the initial upfront costs and overlook the long term ROI. When you consider annual savings from substantially lower operating costs, the longer lifespan of the equipment, along with the tax credits and rebates you get upfront, a geothermal can start to make sense from an investment perspective. For example, it's possible to see a 10% return on your money (see the example how)
|Free Hot Water
Geothermal systems have the capability of capturing reclaimed heat during heating and cooling modes and using it to heat domestic water, reducing the water heating cost of a four-person household by 50 to 60 percent.
|Longer Lifespan, Less Maintenance
A geothermal system will provide an average of 20 to 25 years of reliable comfort and savings - that's up to twice as long as a conventional system! The one-time installation of the loop field is designed to last 50 to 100 years. Geothermal systems are indoor units, and therefore avoid the wear and tear caused by rain, snow, ice, debris, extreme temperatures or vandalism. This makes them very reliable systems that tend to require less maintenance.
Geothermal systems provide precise distribution of comfortable air all year long, eliminating hot spots and cold spots. During heating, you'll experience warm air without the hot blasts associated with ordinary gas furnaces, or the cooler air of an air source heat pump. Additionally, when cooling, geothermal sytems deliver cool, dehumidified air.
Geothermal systems are designed and constructed for quiet operation. Unlike ordinary air conditioners or heat pumps, there's no noisy outdoor unit to disturb your outside environment or your neighbors.
Geothermal systems have a positive impact on the environment since they burn no fossil fuels and operate on a modest amount of electricity. According to the United States Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, geothermal systems are the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home. They do not emit greenhouse gasses, which are known to contribute to environmental air pollution.