Find Out if Geothermal Heating and Cooling is Right for You.
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How Does Geothermal Work?
Typical Reasons People Choose Geothermal Heating and Cooling for Their Homes
Geothermal Systems are Environmentally Friendly
One Geothermal system is equivalent to planting 750 trees or taking 2 cars off the road forever.
A 2,500 square foot home reduces coal consumption by approximately 9 tons per year.
The EPA says Geothermal is the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool.
Geothermal uses the renewabel solar energy absorbed in the ground from the sun.
Geothermal Makes Financial Sense
The Department of Energy says Geothermal is the most cost-effecient way to heat and cool your home.
Return on Investment (ROI) is possible within 3 to 7 years.
Geothermal equipment life expectancy is 25 years; the life expectancy of a traditional system with an outdoor unit is 15 to 18 years.
With Geothermal systems, there is no outdoor unit to install exposed to the harsh weather.
Geothermal heat pumps do not rely on outdoor temperatures.
Instead, the consistent 55F ground temperature is used year round. The result is improved comfort inside the house.
Unlike with a geothermal system, a traditional residential air source heat pump’s performance and ability to provide comfort rely on outside temperatures. Below are examples of how they struggle and why and when they become inefficient and costly to operate:
In Heating mode – as the outdoor temperature drops, so does the air source heat pumps ability to provide heat to your home.
Once the outdoor temperature drops low enough (starting at <40F), the air source heat pump can no longer use the efficient compressor heat alone to heat the house. It then must bring on the electric “back up” heat. This resistive heat is the most expensive heating method available. It doesn’t take long for it to be on before it can significantly increase your electric bill. It takes more energy to run resistive heat than for the compressor to run and make heat.
The air source heat pumps inability to provide compressor heat from the systems refrigerant as outdoor temperatures drop is referred to as heating “derate”.
In Cooling mode – as the outdoor temperature rises, so does the heat pumps operating pressures temperatures. This elevated level of pressure can cause strain on the system. On the hottest days, the traditional air source heat pump systems can experience a lack of capacity or ability to remove heat from your home resulting in a lack of comfort and an increase in your energy consumption.
The Ability to Monitor and Track the Performance of Your Heating and Cooling System
When You are Convinced Geothermal Heating and Cooling is for You:
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Geothermal heating and cooling work?
During the heating cycle, a geothermal heat pump uses water circulated through an underground loop to extract heat from the ground. In the cooling mode, the heating process is reversed and heat is extracted from the air in your home and is put back into the ground.
Is Geothermal gaining greater acceptance as a viable renewable energy?
Yes, and for good reason! 1st - Unlike solar and wind, geothermal energy is 24/7 and 365 days a year despite what the weather outside is doing. 2nd - Maryland adopted the GREC bill which officially put geothermal on the map for renewable energy credits. Owner's of geothermal systems have a market to sell their credits for further savings. Click here for more information.
Is Geothermal heating and cooling more expensive to install than a traditional system?
Costs vary depending on options selected, and the initial cost of a geothermal system may exceed that of a traditional system. However, in terms of lifecycle cost, Geothermal systems are by far less expensive. After the 3 to 5 year payback, its money in the bank from that point on.
Are there special financing loan options for Geothermal?
Yes. In fact, All-Air Systems works with Clean Energy Credit Union, who offers geothermal system loans. These loan packages enable you to get a highly efficient heating and cooling system for no money down.