Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is limited, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re considering redoing your present West Branch home’s HVAC system or pondering what to use in the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively straightforward technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to provide your West Branch home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a singular – and singularly cordial – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too pompous? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t destroying the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the standards of “renewable energy technology.” Sure, 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 transfer as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are considerably more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. The truth is, 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 anyway? No eye-opener there: most home lots in West Branch and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively tight 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. Very little above-ground surface is called for 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 run significantly quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the aggravation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working perfectly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does by and by have to be repaired or replaced, you undoubtedly won’t be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need only simple and infrequent maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to endure 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 an occasional examination 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 belief that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially invalidated by continuing enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve chosen to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home also? 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 at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, mostly – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal professionals at Nicholson Heating & Cooling today. They’ll clearly outline the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your West Branch home.