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 looking into retrofitting your present Lime Springs home’s HVAC system or still undecided about what to use in the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively straightforward technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to provide your Lime Springs home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a distinctive – and distinctively compatible – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too pompous? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t subverting 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.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use much of it for all the good 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 technologies. In general, solar and wind technologies, whatever the chachet of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require as much of your yard as you might think. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No bombshell there: most home lots in Lime Springs and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly meager]55] piece of real-estate. {{The good news is, the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and extended to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any 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 part of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working impeccably for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does in due course need repairing or replacing, you undoubtedly won’t 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 need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to endure for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, require only a sporadic inspection 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 pretty much put to pastureed by ongoing refinements 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? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do it simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological improvements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of more orthodox heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal experts at Johnson Comfort Systems, Inc. today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Lime Springs home.