Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is limited, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re looking into redoing your current Beckley home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively uncomplicated technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to provide your Beckley home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a distinctive – and distinctively cooperative – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too showy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t destroying 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.” Certainly, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer up to five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the chachet of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems will be hardly noticeable on your property. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Beckley 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 run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any above-ground surface is called for 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 component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform much quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More impressive still, 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, engineered, and built to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does by and by need repairing or replacing, you undoubtedly won’t be redoing 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 hold up for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, shielded indoors from weather extremes, need only infrequent 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 notion that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much put to pastureed by continuing improvements 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? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do it simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased 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 pros at Appalachian Heating today. They’ll explain in detail the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Beckley home.