Crucial to the environment, geothermal energy is a renewable, sustainable energy source that’s still largely untapped. As long as the Earth exists, geothermal energy is going to be available.
Homeowners can save money by using a geothermal system, but it’s not for everyone. There are 3 things you need to know about GEOTHERMAL HEATING AND COOLING:
1. A geothermal heat pump can last 20-25 years.
The lifespan of a geothermal heat pump is significantly longer than your conventional HVAC equipment. The underground infrastructure is expected to last 25 to 50 years. For reference, a conventional furnace may last 15 to 20 years, while your central AC may serve you for 10 to 15 years.
Aside from lasting longer, a geothermal energy source is also more eco-friendly than conventional fuel sources. Geothermal power plants have a significantly lower carbon footprint. The pollution associated with a geothermal power plant is also minimal if you compare it to fossil fuels.
2. A geothermal heat pump works like a refrigerator.
Essentially, it moves heat from the ground to your house. During the cooling season, it transfers the heat from your house to the earth. Since it doesn’t burn fuel, a geothermal system requires less energy to cool your home compared to conventional units.
You may also check the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings of the most energy-efficient AC. The most energy-efficient geothermal heat pump has a SEER rating of 30, while the most energy-efficient AC is 20.
A geothermal heat pump will also heat your home better than its air-source counterpart. Air-source heat pumps that are energy-efficient will have HSPF ratings of 10, while geothermal ones have HSPF ratings of 13 or higher.
3. Installing a geothermal heat pump system can be an expensive project.
For complete geothermal installation, you might spend about $12,000 to $30,000. This costs significantly more than a traditional HVAC system. For large homes requiring high end systems, geothermal heating and cooling cost ranges from $30,000 to $45,000.
Several factors, such as site accessibility, soil conditions, and plot size, will determine the actual costs of installing a geothermal system. The amount of digging and drilling needed will also be considered.
You may have to spend a bit less when installing a geothermal system in a new home, since ductwork modifications and large-scale excavations won’t be required. But the upfront costs can still be intimidating, so you might have to do some homework before deciding whether a geothermal system makes financial sense to you.
Is geothermal heating and cooling worth it?
Geothermal heating and cooling can save you the most money on your energy bill. And if it isn’t for you, we’ll provide the most energy-efficient and cost-effective alternative. Contact us for reliable, timely heating and cooling solutions, or conveniently book an appointment online or through the app.
And if you have any other questions about energy efficient products that provide the comfort you deserve for the least energy, reach out to our experienced and knowledgeable technicians and we’ll address your concerns ASAP.