Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is lacking, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re considering retrofitting your present Mitchell home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to put into the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively straightforward technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to supply your Mitchell home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a distinctive – and distinctively harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too pompous? 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 qualify as “renewable energy technology.” True, 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 transport 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 pull of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t take over your yard. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No revelation there: most home lots in Mitchell and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively 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. Almost no above-ground surface is needed at any rate, 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 remarkably quiet. Every part of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run much quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More impressive still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the aggravation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working perfectly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does eventually have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need only simple and infrequent maintenance. The earth loops, as previously described, 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, need only infrequent 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 steady advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, 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 all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, mostly – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of more orthodox heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal wizards at Affordable Geothermal LLC today. They’ll explain in detail the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Mitchell home.