Whether you are building a new home or replacing an existing system, choosing the most effective and valuable heating and cooling system can be challenging. While surprising for most homeowners to learn, half of your household's total energy use goes towards heating and cooling. Due to this high usage, opting for an energy efficient system is beneficial for the environment and your finances.
Geothermal systems are becoming more and more popular due to their astonishing benefits. From comfort and home value to their eco-friendly and affordable nature, geothermal heating and cooling may be the right option for you. With this guide and your contractor's help, you will understand how this innovative system works and learn more about the amazing benefits of using geothermal.
What is Geothermal Heating and Cooling?
Depending on your home's location, the ground temperature will range from 45 to 75 degrees. Geothermal heat pumps use the ground's natural heat to condition air before moving it into your home. This process is similar to the way a refrigerator works.
Refrigerators remove heat from the inside before transferring it to the air in your kitchen. A geothermal heat pump will remove heat from the interior of the home before transferring it outside.
Of course, you may not realize how air is conditioned in the ground and moved into your home. This process relies on a series of underlying pipes that are connected to a heat pump system. Known as a ground heat exchanger, this complicated series of pipes offers effective and efficient heating and cooling.
During seasons where you heat your home, water is absorbed from the ground, heated and then transferred to the home. In the summer when you require air conditioning, water is absorbed from the ground, cooled and then moved into the house.
Since the installation of a ground heat exchanger is elaborate and time-consuming, most homeowners choose the system during the initial building phase. However, geothermal systems can be installed on existing homes as long as there is adequate open space in the ground. This installation is known as a retrofit.
What Are the Benefits of Geothermal Systems?
Due to the installation, geothermal systems can be an expensive option. On average, a geothermal system will cost 40 percent more than a traditional heating and cooling system. Thankfully, the enormous benefits ensure you are making a truly worthwhile investment.
If you are searching for the most energy efficient option to heat and cool your home, geothermal is it. Although savings vary according to your local climate, home construction, and preferred temperatures, most geothermal systems will save you 30 to 60 percent on your heating costs alone. When cooling your home, you can reduce costs by 20 to 50 percent.
Energy conservation is the main benefit, but geothermal systems are also healthier options for the environment and your family. The system uses renewable energy, so there is no worry of emissions from carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases that can be dangerous.
Because of the energy conservation and financial savings, geothermal systems are also appealing to potential buyers. By installing this eco-friendly option, you will increase the total value of your home, which is another benefit to consider.
Lastly, geothermal systems have a longer lifespan compared to traditional heating and cooling systems. While these conventional systems last up to 15 years, geothermal systems have an average lifespan of 25 years. With minimal maintenance, you can efficiently heat and cool your home for decades.
Geothermal systems are great investments for the environment, your home, and your finances. To learn more about this eco-friendly, innovative option or other heating and air conditioning services, contact Air Necessities Heating & Cooling today.