Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is limited, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re planning on retrofitting your present Elizabethtown home’s HVAC system or still don’t know what to use in the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to supply your Elizabethtown home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a unique – and uniquely sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too flowery? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t “messing” with the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems pass muster as “renewable energy technology.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the value you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer 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 systems. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the draw of their “renewability,” eat four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems will be hardly noticeable on your property. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No shocker there: most home lots in Elizabethtown and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly limited the polyethylene piping used 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. Almost no above-ground surface is necessary in any case, 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 component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run significantly quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More reassuring still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of exceptional longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working impeccably for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does eventually need repairing or replacing, you won’t likely be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to endure for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only an infrequent check as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as effective 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 steady improvements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve chosen to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home also? And what if you have a swimming pool? Don’t worry. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it concurrently, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even when not subsidized by federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal specialists at Dever Enterprises today. They’ll explain in detail the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Elizabethtown home.