Geothermal heating and cooling systems offer tremendous benefits that can put money back in your pocket while also being environmentally friendly.
A geothermal heating and cooling system can save up to 70% of the heating costs of a building. According to the US Department of Energy, the typical American family spends at least S2,000 a year on home utility bills. Heating, cooling, and hot water costs combined make up over 70% of the typical utility bill, so installing energy-efficient HVAC systems might be one of the smartest home improvement investments you can make. Geothermal heat pumps can be up to 400-600% efficient, whereas the highest efficiency gas furnace is only 98% efficient.
Homeowners around the country are taking advantage of the 30% federal tax credit and other local energy tax credits that reduce the upfront costs of buying and installing ENERGY STAR® appliances and renewable energy technologies like geothermal heating and cooling systems.
A typical geothermal heating and cooling system’s life is estimated to be 25 years for the components inside the building and more than 50 years for the pipes inside the ground.
The EPA finds geothermal heating and cooling systems to be the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly system available for heating and cooling.
The ground absorbs nearly half of the solar energy our planet receives. As a result, the earth remains at a constant, moderate temperature just below its surface all year round. Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of the stable temperature underground using a piping system, commonly referred to as a “loop.” Water circulates in the loop to exchange heat between your home, the geothermal heat pump, and the earth providing heating, cooling, and hot water at remarkably high efficiencies. In fact, geothermal heating and cooling systems are 400-600% efficient and can cut your heating, cooling, and hot water costs by up to 800%.
During the winter, geothermal heating and cooling systems absorb heat stored in the ground through the water that circulates in its underground loop. This heat is carried to the geothermal heat pump where it’s concentrated and then sent as warm, comfortable air throughout your home.
When you need heating the most, the outside air will be coldest. As a result, a traditional air source heat pump works hard to extract the amount of heat from the cold air needed to heat your home. A geothermal energy system consumes less energy as it easily absorbs heat from the abundant supply stored below ground making geothermal heating significantly more energy efficient.
During the summer, geothermal heating and cooling systems absorb heat from your home and transfer it to the underground loop where it is absorbed by the cooler earth. The geothermal heat pump uses the cool water returning from the earth to create cool, dehumidified air for your home.
When you need cooling the most, the outside air will be hottest. A traditional heat pump must work hard to force the heat from your home into the already heat saturated air. A geothermal pump consumes less energy as it easily rejects heat into the cool earth. This makes geothermal cooling significantly more energy efficient.