Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of retrofitting your present Greater Cincinnati home’s HVAC system or still undecided about how best to heat and cool the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly available. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to supply your Greater Cincinnati home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a distinctive – and distinctively compatible – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too showy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting 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 use much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power technologies. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the appeal of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t take over your yard. Don’t have much yard space anyway? No surprise there: most home lots in Greater Cincinnati and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly 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 extended to a depth of anywhere from 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 much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling 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 insure ground loops of extraordinary 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 sooner or later need repairing or replacing, you won’t likely be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be held to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems require very little maintenance. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to hold up for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, shielded indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only a sporadic examination 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 perception that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much laid to rested by ongoing advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be adapted 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? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly 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 refinements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal pros at Bill Spade Electric, Heating & Cooling today. They’ll clearly outline the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Greater Cincinnati home.