Operational Benefits of a Geothermal System
Heat and cool your home the most cost efficient way with geothermal comfort systems, reliable, well proven technology, using green, clean, safe ground source energy. With energy efficiency rating of up to 500%, geothermal systems can save homeowners up to 70% in heating and cooling costs. Homeowners with outside swimming pools benefit from a free source of water heating thermal energy.
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Major ownership benefits:
- Free energy, forever (you do not pay for the energy source; the only operational expense is the extraction of geothermal heat from the ground, a fraction of the cost of heating and cooling via traditional sources of energy).
- Lower operational costs.
- Lower maintenance cost.
- Up to 60% lower maintenance cost vs conventional systems.
- Quiet, no need for noisy outdoor condensers.
- Natural air humidity retained, unlike conventional gas fired furnaces.
Long life span:
- Equipment’s life expectancy up to 25 years, underground loops – up to 200 years with 55-year warranty from material manufacturer.
Lower energy consumption:
- 1kw of consumed electricity delivers up to 5kw of thermal energy.
- No gas consumption.
No need for fossil fuels:
- System utilizes underground renewable resources for heating and cooling needs.
- No fuel piping or associated controls.
- No need for an air makeup and exhaust piping as required for gas fired furnaces.
- self production of thermal energy.
- No exposure to gas line ruptures, gas leaks, no carbon oxide discharge.
- Non-polluting, renewable, reliable energy, in unlimited quantities.
- Geothermal systems emit no harmful pollutants, indoors or outdoors. That means no carbon dioxide emissions, which are associated with the greenhouse effect and global warming.
- Geothermal Energy Solutions has years of experience providing maintenance of geothermal equipment.
EPA and Department of Energy, consumer and industry groups, and geothermal system owners all agree: Geothermal Heating and Cooling is considered one of the world’s greenest and most energy-efficient options for heating and air-conditioning.
Geothermal Heat Pumps – your source of heating and air-conditioning are far superior in delivering highest efficiency at lowest cost
Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHP) are highest rated HVAC systems in energy efficiency because they can deliver almost three to five units (model specific) of thermal energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. In comparison highest rated gas fired system delivers less than one unit of thermal energy. That translates into an efficiency rating close to 500%, compared to the most efficient gas furnace that rates 98%. A GHP taps into the renewable solar energy stored in the ground to provide savings up to 70% on bills. Using a series of underground pipes, it exchanges heat with the earth instead of outdoor air. While air temperatures can vary greatly from day to night or winter to summer, the temperature just a few feet below the earth’s surface stays an average 55º-70ºF year-round. Geothermal heat pumps are not only the most comfortable way to heat and cool, they’re also the most cost effective. They’re versatile enough to excel in almost any home or any environment, and you’ll find geothermal in more than 1 million households across Canada and all 50 U.S. states. They can also be scaled for single-family homes to entire college campuses.
Geothermal Heat Pump efficiency should allow homeowners save on energy consumption due to Energy Efficiency of the Heat Pumps. With Federal and State incentives for the use of Geothermal HVAC will help to reduce the initial incremental cost of the difference between cost of geothermal HVAC vs conventional HVAC. A 30% tax credit on equipment and installation costs is currently available to U.S. homeowners who install an ENERGY STAR rated geothermal system. Locally available state and utility incentives are further assisting homeowners to achieve energy and cost savings. Thanks to this amazing opportunity, there’s never been a better time to make the switch to geothermal.
Large, high efficiency filters allow to provide exceptional indoor air quality and protect your family from dust and pollen. Geothermal systems work with nature, not against it. They emit no greenhouse gases – which have been linked to pollution, acid rain and other environmental hazards.
Because natural gas, propane, or oil isn’t required to operate a geothermal system, there’s no combustion, flames, or fumes and no chance of carbon monoxide poison.
As outdoor temperatures rise, a GHP collects the unwanted heat in your home and moves it to the cooler 55º earth. Meanwhile, ordinary heat pumps and air conditioners are forced to dump that heat outside. Unfortunately, hot summer air is already saturated with heat and is less willing to accept more. That makes ordinary cooling systems least efficient when you need them to be the most efficient.
As outdoor temperatures fall, a GHP draws from an underground reservoir of heat, concentrates it, and moves it to your home. Meanwhile, an ordinary heat pump is forced to collect heat from frigid winter air, making it least efficient when you need it to be the most efficient. And unlike a furnace, GHP doesn’t create heat through combustion.
Do I need separate earth loops for heating and cooling?
No. The same loop works for both. To switch heating to cooling or vice versa, the flow of heat is simply reversed. With a simple flip of a switch on your indoor thermostat, you can change from one mode to another.
Can a geothermal system also heat water?
Yes. Some geothermal heat pumps can provide all of your hot water needs at the same high efficiencies as the heating/cooling cycles. An option called a hot water assist can be added to most heat pumps. It will provide significant savings by heating water before it enters your hot water tank.
Do geothermal systems require much maintenance?
No. Geothermal systems are required minimum maintenance involvement. The buried loop will last for generations. The unit’s fan, compressor and pump is housed indoors, protected from the weather and contamination. Usually, periodic checks and filter changes are the only required maintenance.
Financing for Geothermal and Solar Installations.
- Financing is available from Clean Energy Funding institution for the home projects, new construction or remodeling, that have energy efficient features.
- Loan is secured by the installed equipment (no need to use home equity)
- Financing highlights:
- Loan amount is $70,000 per loan
- Competitively low interest rates
- No prepayment penalty
- You have access to a short-term (12 or 18 months), long-term (12 or 15 years), or combination lo
- On-line application
EPA found that geothermal heating and cooling (geothermal heat pumps) systems can reduce energy consumption — and corresponding emissions—by more than 40% compared to air source heat pumps and by over 70% compared to electric resistance heating with standard air-conditioning equipment.
Geothermal systems use the Earth’s energy storage capability to heat and cool buildings, and to provide hot water. The Earth is a huge energy storage device that absorbs 47% of the Sun’s energy – more than 500 times more energy than mankind needs every year – in the form of clean, renewable energy. Geothermal systems take this heat during the heating season at an efficiency approaching or exceeding 400%, and return it during the cooling season.