Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering redoing your current Michiana home’s HVAC system or still undecided about what to install in the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology channels subterranean temperatures to supply your Michiana home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely cooperative – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too showy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t inverting 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 demand 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 setups. In truth, 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 surprise there: most home lots in Michiana and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively small the polyethylene piping needed 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 needed in any event, 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 unbelievably quiet. Every aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate 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, built to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of extraordinary longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does by and by need repairing or replacing, it’s not likely that you’ll be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t demand much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to last 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 occasional scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old notion that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially debunked by continuing advances 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 at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and 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 lapsed December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal professionals at Crystal Valley Comfort today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Michiana home.