Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is next to nil, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re planning on retrofitting your present Southern Ohio home’s HVAC system or still don’t know what to install in the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology channels subterranean temperatures to supply your Southern Ohio home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a distinctive – and distinctively coordinated – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too showy? 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 meet the criteria for “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer up to 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. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the pull of their “renewability,” consume 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 to begin with? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Southern Ohio and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively compact 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. Almost no above-ground surface is needed at any rate, 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 amazingly 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 are spared the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of exceptional longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working flawlessly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does eventually have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as noted, 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 an occasional inspection as well as periodic filter changes and a yearly 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 laid to rested by continuing advances 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? 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 restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, 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.
 
Talk with the geothermal pros at Daniel's HVAC, LLC today. They’ll explain in detail the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Southern Ohio home.