Why would you choose a Geothermal System?
Efficiencies! A geothermal system uses the fairly constant temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home, so it operates at maximum efficiency. Fossil fuel furnace can be up to 95% efficient; a geothermal system is 300% efficient! This super high efficiency equals energy savings of up to 70% for heating and 50% for cooling in addition to making hot water.
What about water heating?
Unlike any other heating and cooling system, a geothermal heat pump can preheat your hot water. This means sometime you will use little or no energy to have hot water. A device called a “desuperheater” transfers excess heat from the pump to the water heater. In the summer, hot water is provided free and in the winter, waterheating costs are cut roughly in half.
How does it work?
Geothermal systems heat and cool your home in an even fashion. They are clean, safe and quiet. The geothermal systems are allelectric so there are no flames, flues, or fumes. Any home with a central duct system is a candidate for a geothermal system. There are a variety of ways to install an earth loop, even small loops for confined areas. The piping is underground or underwater, so there is little maintenance required. Occasional cleaning of the heat exchanger coils and changing the air filters are about all that’s necessary to keep the system in good running order.