Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering redoing your present Green Bay home’s HVAC system or pondering what to use in the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively uncomplicated technology channels subterranean temperatures to supply your Green Bay home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a distinctive – and distinctively coordinated – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too flowery? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t upsetting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the value 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. In general, solar and wind technologies, whatever the pull of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems will be hardly noticeable on your property. Don’t have much yard space anyway? No shocker there: most home lots in Green Bay and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively meager]55] piece of real-estate. {{The good news is, the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Very little above-ground surface is necessary 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 perform significantly quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, 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. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working impeccably for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does in due course need repairing or replacing, 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 don’t demand much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to hold up for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only infrequent scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a once-a-year coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as proficient in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much debunked by steady enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be adjusted to multitask. Okay, 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? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological enhancements, new installation practices, and more 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.
 
Contact the geothermal experts at Van's Refrigeration today. They’ll explain in detail the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Green Bay home.