Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of retrofitting your current Michigan home’s HVAC system or still undecided about how best to heat and cool the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to furnish your Michigan home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a singular – and singularly compatible – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too highfalutin? 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 meet the criteria for “renewable energy technology.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the value you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey up to five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are significantly more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the pull 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 in the first place? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Michigan and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively restricted the polyethylene piping used for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Very little above-ground surface is necessary 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 ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working perfectly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does sooner or later have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to last for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, safeguarded indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only sporadic scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a once-a-year coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old belief that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much buried by ongoing improvements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve decided you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Don’t fret. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more affordable – even when not subsidized by federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that lapsed December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal professionals at Kozy Home Heating & Cooling (aka AllTemp Comfort) today. They’ll clearly outline the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Michigan home.