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 upgrading your current Idaho Falls home’s HVAC system or at a loss for how best to heat and cool the new home you’re having built for you:
- Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to provide your Idaho Falls home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a distinctive – and distinctively compatible – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too pompous? 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.
- Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the advantages you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer up to five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
- Geothermal HVAC systems are much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power systems. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the draw of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
- Geothermal HVAC systems won’t take over your yard. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No surprise there: most home lots in Idaho Falls 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 vertically and run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Almost no above-ground surface is called for 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.
- Geothermal HVAC systems are remarkably quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More reassuring still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the aggravation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
- 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 uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does ultimately have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
- Geothermal HVAC systems don’t need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to hold up for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only infrequent scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a yearly coil cleaning.
- Geothermal HVAC systems are as proficient in cooling as they are in heating. The old perception that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been substantially laid to rested by ongoing enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
- Geothermal HVAC systems can be modified to multitask. Okay, so you’ve decided on heating your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home too? And what if you have a swimming pool? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do it all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
- Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more 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, mostly – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
Get hold of the geothermal wizards at Conan Heating & Air Conditioning today. They’ll clearly outline the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Idaho Falls home.