Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Why It’s a Good Idea
Traditional heating and cooling systems require significant energy input to regulate the temperature inside your home. Heat pumps are more efficient than other types of heating and cooling systems, using less energy to keep your home comfortable. Geothermal heating and cooling systems move heat to regulate temperature by bringing the ambient heat of the Earth inside your home to keep it warm in the winter and removing heat from your home to deposit it underground during the summer. This process holds several long-term benefits and offers the potential to save money over both the short and the long term.
Geothermal Heat Pumps Cost Less to Operate
Although geothermal heating and cooling systems do require some electricity input to function, this input is far lower than the requirements of more traditional HVAC systems. This means your geothermal heat pump will cost less to run during both the summer and the winter, keeping your home comfortable while allowing you to enjoy instant savings on your heating and cooling bills. Installing and using a geothermal heat pump can save you an estimated 20-50% on the cost of cooling your home and an estimated 30-60% on the cost of heating your home throughout the lifetime of the system.
Geothermal Heat Pumps Reduce Carbon Emissions
Combustion furnaces use fuel such as gas or oil to create heat via combustion. The process of combustion results in several different byproducts, including greenhouse gases. Geothermal heating and cooling systems eliminate combustion from the heating process, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases and carbon emissions associated with maintaining a comfortable home. Although the electricity used to run your geothermal heat pump may still be derived from combustion, the smaller amount of energy required to run your geothermal HVAC system will still reduce your overall carbon emissions for a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.
Geothermal Heat Pumps Are Versatile and Long-Lasting
Geothermal heat pumps are capable of both heating and cooling your home for maximum comfort throughout the year. When you install a geothermal heating and cooling system in your home, you can replace both your furnace and your air conditioner with a single appliance. This reduces the costs associated with HVAC maintenance and repairs, as you’ll have only a single HVAC system to maintain throughout the years. Furthermore, geothermal heating and cooling systems have functional life expectancies that outlast most conventional heating and cooling equipment. While a furnace or air conditioner might last 10-15 years, geothermal heat pumps often last 25 years or more before requiring replacement. The ground loop portion of your geothermal heating and cooling system will last 50 years or more before replacement may become necessary.
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