Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is next to nil, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re planning on upgrading your present Augusta County home’s HVAC system or still undecided about what to put into the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to provide your Augusta County home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely cooperative – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little 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 criteria for “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey up to five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power systems. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure 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 bombshell there: most home lots in Augusta County 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 as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Very little above-ground surface is needed in any event, 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 incredibly quiet. Every component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More reassuring still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of exceptional longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working impeccably for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does by and by need repairing or replacing, 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 require very little maintenance. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to last for generations, and when appropriately 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 adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old belief that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been substantially laid to rested by steady 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? 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 without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more common heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal experts at Birds Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. today. They’ll clearly outline the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Augusta County home.