Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering redoing your current Rochester home’s HVAC system or still don’t know what to put into the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively uncomplicated technology channels subterranean temperatures to provide your Rochester home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a distinctive – and distinctively cordial – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too grandiose? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t upending the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the value you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport up to 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 systems. In general, solar and wind technologies, whatever the draw of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t dominate your yard. Don’t have much yard space anyway? No surprise there: most home lots in Rochester and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively limited the polyethylene piping used for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Very little above-ground surface is necessary 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 remarkably quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of extraordinary longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working impeccably for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does by and by have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept down.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t demand much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to last for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only sporadic scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as effective in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been substantially laid to rested by continuing improvements 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? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it concurrently, 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 bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal professionals at Earth Energy Heating & Cooling Inc. today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Rochester home.