Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is limited, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re looking into retrofitting your present Topeka home’s HVAC system or wondering what to put into the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly available. Their simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to supply your Topeka home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a unique – and uniquely sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little 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 qualify as “renewable energy technology.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are significantly more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure 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 in the first place? No bombshell there: most home lots in Topeka and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively 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 run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Almost no above-ground surface is called for 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 run much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the irritation of 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. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of exceptional longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working flawlessly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does ultimately have to be repaired or replaced, you undoubtedly won’t be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be held to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need very little maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to endure for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only a sporadic examination as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as powerful 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 laid to rested by ongoing enhancements 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 increasingly affordable – even when not subsidized by federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more run-of-the-mill heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal wizards at Ground Source, Inc. today. They’ll clearly outline the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Topeka home.