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 Central Minnesota home’s HVAC system or wondering what to use in the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to furnish your Central Minnesota home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too pompous? 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.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport 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 systems. In general, 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 won’t dominate your yard. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No shocker there: most home lots in Central Minnesota and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively restricted the polyethylene piping used 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. Almost no above-ground surface is necessary in any case, 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 incredibly quiet. Every component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of extraordinary longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working flawlessly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does in due course have to be repaired or replaced, you undoubtedly won’t be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems require only simple and infrequent maintenance. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to last for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, require only occasional scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and an annual coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old belief that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially buried by steady enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve decided you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? 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 without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstitute federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of more common heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal specialists at Geothermal Concept today. They’ll explain in detail the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Central Minnesota home.