A geothermal system is one of the most modern and environmentally friendly ways to heat and cool your home. How does it work? It uses the solar energy that the earth naturally traps to regulate the temperature of your home.
A system of fluid filled pipes extends into the ground and is warmed by the earth. A heat pump removes this heat and a regular duct system allows the heat to be transferred throughout the house. To cool your house in the summer, the heat pump removes the heat from your house and pumps it into to the pipes. The cold ground absorbs the heat from the pipes and the process repeats itself.
The advantages of a geothermal system are many. To start off, they are extremely efficient, using only one unit of energy for every five produced. They are also extremely energy efficient as they emit no greenhouse gases and use less than half the energy of standard heating and cooling systems.
Because geothermal systems are installed indoors they are more durable and less vulnerable to damage by the elements. This can help prolong the life of your system and reduce noise often a problem with outside systems.
Without dependence on oil or other fossil fuels, you don’t need to worry as much about the fluctuating prices of these materials throughout different seasons. This means that you can expect serious savings in your yearly heating and cooling budgets, which over time will offset the cost of installing the system. Federal tax credits and reimbursement programs make the decision to install a new geothermal system very enticing and timely.
It is important to carefully consider installing any major home system before making a final decision. Talk with a local HVAC specialist who will be able to give you an estimate on a price for installation and will be able to answer any question particular to your house.