Geothermal energy is a sustainable solution for environmentally conscious home & business owners that can help save them money over time. In this blog, we’ll break down what exactly this eco-friendly energy source is, and if it’s the right investment for your home or commercial space.
What is Geothermal Energy?
Geothermal energy is energy sourced from the earth right below our feet. The heat from the earth is pumped into your home using geothermal systems (or ground source heat pumps) and helps provide an eco-friendly and cost-effective solution to keep homeowners comfortable.
What Are the Benefits?
Switching to geothermal energy in your home is one way to an eco-friendly home solution. Some of the benefits are:
- Overall Savings – After you purchase the geothermal system, energy-efficient savings become a reality. Your house won’t use as much electricity or gas, equaling more savings!
- Safety – Geothermal does not burn fuels or put you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Noise Reduction – No condensing unit, no problem! You won’t have to worry about the rattling noises anymore.
- Longevity – Geothermal pumps have a life length of 20-25 years whereas conventional heat pump systems last between 10-15 years.
- Increases Home Equity – Adding a sustainable heating and cooling system to your home is considered a major home improvement and can increase your home’s value.
How Geothermal Systems Work
Geothermal systems work off the natural warmth of the ground. Depending on where you live, the surface beneath your home will range from 45 to 70 degrees fahrenheit. A geothermal heat pump system taps into the temperature underground to help heat your home when it’s cold and cool your house during the warmer months. There are 3 main parts of a geothermal heat pump system.
- Heat Pump – this is the unit that is found in your home. The pump helps with moving the correct amount of temperature through the house.
- Geo Loop – the underground pipes that transfer warmth to homes in the winter, and move the heat of your homes in the summer.
- Ductwork – what helps circulate the air into the various rooms in your house.
Installation and Maintenance
The installation of geothermal systems is a process that typically involves HVAC technicians and can involve all of the following:
- Site evaluation – An evaluation that determines the geothermal potential and makes sure local regulations are being followed.
- Drilling and ground loop installation – this may involve digging trenches for the placement of the pipes.
- Heat pump installation – your HVAC technician will help locate the right place for this unit.
- Ductwork or radiant heating installation- if your home requires ductwork updates or new additions.
- System start-up – ensuring the geothermal heat system is properly set up in the house and delivering the comfort and efficiency it is designed for.
Cost and Financial Incentives
The cost of a geothermal system varies depending on the type of system you would like, along with other factors such as the geological conditions of your property. The upfront cost may not look friendly, but the savings will add up in your pocket when you see your electricity bill. Not only will you save in the long run, but homeowners can receive a 30% federal tax credit of the cost of your geothermal heat pump installation.
If you consider geothermal energy a viable option for your home, call us today at 717-522-3073, or request an estimate!