Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re planning on upgrading your present Danville home’s HVAC system or at a loss for how best to heat and cool the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly available. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to supply your Danville home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a distinctive – and distinctively cordial – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too flowery? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t “messing” with 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.” 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 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 systems. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure of their “renewability,” consume 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 revelation there: most home lots in Danville and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly small the polyethylene piping needed 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. Very little 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 amazingly quiet. Every aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working perfectly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does sooner or later have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems require only simple and infrequent maintenance. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to endure for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, safeguarded indoors from weather extremes, require only an occasional inspection as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as proficient 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 advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be modified to multitask. Okay, so you’ve decided you want to heat 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? Don’t fret. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more affordable – even when not subsidized by federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. Still, 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.
 
Contact the geothermal specialists at Geo Climate Control today. They’ll clearly outline the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Danville home.