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 planning on upgrading your current Columbia home’s HVAC system or at a loss for how best to heat and cool the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly available. Their simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to provide your Columbia home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a distinctive – and distinctively harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too flowery? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t upending the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the standards of “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the benefit 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. The truth is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the appeal of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t leave as much of a physical footprint in your yard as you might expect. Don’t have much yard space anyway? No bombshell there: most home lots in Columbia and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively small the polyethylene piping needed for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any 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 element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More impressive still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working impeccably for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does sooner or later have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be held to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to endure for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, need only a sporadic 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 perception 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 adapted to multitask. Okay, 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? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do it all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more 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 ended December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal specialists at WaterFurnace today. They’ll clearly outline the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Columbia home.