Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of redoing your current Huntington home’s HVAC system or pondering what to install in the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to furnish your Huntington home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a singular – and singularly cooperative – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too flashy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t inverting 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 require much of it for all the benefit 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 much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power technologies. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the draw of their “renewability,” eat 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 to begin with? No bombshell there: most home lots in Huntington and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly tight the polyethylene piping needed 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. Almost no above-ground surface is needed in any case, 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 aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run significantly quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More impressive still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working flawlessly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does in due course need repairing or replacing, it’s not likely that you’ll be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept down.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need almost no maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to hold up for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, safeguarded indoors from weather extremes, require only sporadic scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and an annual coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as proficient in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially invalidated by steady enhancements 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 simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even in the absence of 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 enhancements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, mostly – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of conventional heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal wizards at Huntington Heating & Cooling Inc. today. They’ll explain in detail the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Huntington home.