Home heating and cooling have been found to constitute a significant percentage of the energy costs you incur in any given period. It is for this reason that you should consider the installation of geothermal heating and cooling to reduce heating and cooling costs, in addition to, numerous other advantages.
Geothermal home heating and cooling is the use of the thermal energy that is tapped by burying fluid filled pipes into the ground where the heated liquid is brought up to your home by flow centers or pumps that have been mounted close to furnaces that you have mounted in your home. This liquid is transferred to the home’s heat exchanger which is located inside the refrigeration system of the geothermal system to warm the air inside your home. The geothermal system then distributes the heated air to other sections of your home.
The following is a look at its advantages and the factors you should consider before installation in order to maximize on its benefits.
One of the greatest advantages of installing a geothermal home heating and cooling system is its energy efficiency. It has been found to offer between 70 to 80 percent reduction in energy costs when compared to your conventional heating and cooling system. Its installation can offer you instantaneous savings in cost because it can be included in your mortgage. You may also benefit from reduced rates from your utility company after the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system.
The Contractors involved in the installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems offer warranties of up to 25 to 50 years due to the durability of the systems. There are measures taken to protect its components from damage brought by contact with the earth, and due to the fact that the components are placed underground, you do not have to worry about vandalism of your investment. There is no comparable home heating and cooling system that can give you such a high return on investment.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are virtually noiseless unlike your conventional systems that necessitate the installation of condenser units outside your home to reduce noise levels. It is no surprise that you may mistakenly contact a technician to check out the system thinking that it is faulty because it’s zero noise emissions.
Unlike conventional heating and cooling systems that require constant maintenance, geothermal heating and cooling systems require minimal maintenance especially where they have been properly installed. Their reduced maintenance costs and tasks also result from the fact that the mechanical components are installed in your home where they are highly accessible by technicians. The only maintenance task you will be involved in as a homeowner is changing the filter in its heat pump.
It has been found that most of the sun’s energy is absorbed by the earth which accounts for more that we use in any known way. This results to the use of geothermal heating and cooling all year round because of the renewable nature of its energy source. This is regardless of whether its winter or summer.
Geothermal systems can also be fitted with innovative features that provide cooling and humidity control in your home to ensure maximum comfort in their use.
You will be an active contributor to environmental conservation efforts when you install a geothermal heating and cooling system. This is because it does not require fossil fuels or greenhouse emissions. There is a resultant increase in your indoor air quality because there are no poisonous gases such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide produced by the system.
A geothermal home heating and cooling system is very effective and this results to even heating of every room in your home. This is in contrast to conventional heating and cooling systems that create hot and cold spots in your home.
The installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system will get you a tax credit offered by the federal government on homeowners who opt to use renewable energy in their homes. This tax credit constitutes 30 percent of all costs incurred in the installation of the system.
Before the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system, the following factors should be considered.
You should consider using flow centers instead of geothermal heat pumps. This is because flow centers offer considerable savings in heating and cooling costs, require less maintenance, are environmentally friendly and very durable.
A geologist should be hired to study the origin, structure, history and composition of the soil around your property. This is to determine if the installation will be efficient in transferring heat to your home because if it is found that the soils are desirable, you may benefit from massive savings during installation due to the reduced number of pipes required. The geological examination will also determine whether the piping network will be installed vertically or horizontally due to the presence of hard rocks that may present difficulties when digging in either direction.
The installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system is dependent on the size of your land. This is because it determines whether the piping will be done horizontally or vertically. Accessibility to the excavation site also determines whether the contractor will use the horizontal-loop or the vertical-loop system. It is important to note that the horizontal-loop system is cheaper, faster and simpler because it does not require the use of highly specialized equipment when compared to the vertical-loop system.
You may also want to preserve some aspects of your landscape during the installation. The existing structures above the ground may need to be removed before activities such as trenching and drilling can take place. These include telephone and electrical lines, trees and buildings.
Hydrology is the presence of water on your property and its depth. It is also an important factor that needs to be considered before the installation because it determines the type of loop to be used in the installation between the open-loop and the closed-loop.
You should also ask the contractor involved in the installation if the existing electrical installation in your home is capable of powering the geothermal installation or if an upgrade is necessary.
The benefits of a geothermal heating and cooling system and the factors to consider before its installation