Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of retrofitting your present Annapolis home’s HVAC system or wondering how best to heat and cool 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 furnish your Annapolis home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely compatible – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too flowery? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t “messing” with the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems pass muster as “renewable energy technology.” Yes, 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 transport as much as 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. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require as much of your yard as you might think. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No bombshell there: most home lots in Annapolis and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly meager]55] piece of real-estate. {{The good news is, the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and extended to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Almost no above-ground surface is needed at any rate, 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 remarkably quiet. Every aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate much quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, 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 dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of extraordinary longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working perfectly 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, you won’t likely be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be held to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need very little maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to endure for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, require only a sporadic inspection as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as effective in cooling as they are in heating. The old perception that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially invalidated by steady refinements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve decided on heating your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home too? And what if you have a swimming pool? Don’t worry. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it simultaneously, 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 bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological enhancements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal wizards at Continental Services today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Annapolis home.