What Are Geothermal Systems?
Geothermal HVAC systems use the Earth as resource for heating and cooling a building. They are considered one of the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems and are increasingly popular. They appeal because of their energy efficiency and cost savings as well as their low impact on the environment compared to some other options for keeping your home cool. Studies have shown that by 2050, 10 to 20% to the world’s energy supply will be geothermal.
- Energy efficient
- Cost effective
- Environmentally friendly
- Used for residential and commercial properties
How Geothermal Systems Work
The ground is very good at temperature regulation. Below the surface of the ground, the temperature is less likely to fluctuate and actually remains quite constant year-round. Geothermal systems take advantage of that consistency by installing specially designed pipes in the ground and an electrically powered heat pump cycles fluid – usually water or refrigerant – through these loops of underground pipes to pull cooler temperatures during the Summer and warmer temperatures during the Winter. This process transfers heat from ambient air in the building to the ground and vice versa, making your house more environmentally friendly while saving money.
Save Money With A Geothermal System
Geothermal systems will save you money in the long run because the heat pump is extremely durable and can last 20 years or more, meaning you won’t have to keep up with regular maintenance. Because this HVAC system pulls a steady temperature from the Earth, it is proven to be significantly more energy efficient than the usual heat pumps. Don’t hesitate to invest in a geothermal system. While the initial costs of installation of a geothermal HVAC are higher than traditional systems, because of the benefits there are often incentives, grants, and rebates offered by federal, state, and local governments for installing geothermal. Some banks and mortgage companies will even finance the installation through energy-efficient mortgages and some electrical utility companies offer financing. These are all good options to look into and you know our HVAC experts can install it for you.
How Much Can You Save?
Because these systems are extremely reliable and seldom require repairs, you don’t have to worry about maintenance and upkeep like with traditional options. Paired with the efficiency savings, you typically will see an annual energy savings between 30 to 60%. The Environmental Protection Agency shows that homeowners save 30 to 70% on heating and 20 to 50 percent on cooling costs by using geothermal heat pumps. This translates to anywhere from $400 to $1,500 each year in savings! The payback time for a geothermal HVAC system – meaning the time it takes before your savings actually eclipse your costs of installation – is just 5 to 7 years!
For more information about geothermal installation in Omaha, contact Caniglia Heating & Cooling at 402-204-0813.