Geothermal makes economic and environmental sense
The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have both endorsed ground source heat pump (GSHP or “geo-thermal”) systems as among the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly heating, cooling, and water heating systems available. In a 1993 report, the EPA concluded that geothermal technologies represent a major opportunity for reducing national energy use and pollution, while delivering comfort, reliability and savings to homeowners.
Even if you already have old-fashioned heating and cooling systems, a geo-thermal system can still be installed in a home of any size, anywhere, whether it is single-family or multi-family.
GSHPs can be installed on almost any size lot: under lawns, landscaped areas, driveways, or the house itself. An existing house can be retrofitted with a GSHP using the ductwork that is already there. Your dealer/installer will be able to determine ductwork requirements and if any minor modifications are needed. Home builders and homeowners can both take advantage of the special financing that is offered in many locations on a GSHP either through the utility or manufacturer.
Geo-Thermal offer great benefits:
Can be a combination heating/cooling and hot water heating system
Some can save you up to 50% on your water-heating bill by preheating tank water
Made of mechanical components that are either buried in the ground or located inside the home
About the same size as a traditional heating/cooling unit
Pipe carries up to a 50-year warranty
Can cut energy consumption by 20 to 50% and reduce maintenance costs
Keep the air warmer in the winter and at a more consistent temperature throughout the home, eliminating the hot and cold spots common with other systems
Very quiet, no noisy fan units to disturb outdoor activities
No exposed equipment outdoors; children or pets cannot injure themselves or damage exterior units
No open flame, flammable fuel or potentially dangerous fuel storage tanks.
GSHPs offer great savings:
One of the most efficient residential heating and cooling systems available today
Heating efficiencies 50 to 70% higher than other heating systems and cooling efficiencies 20 to 40% higher than available air conditioners
Save money in operating and maintenance costs
Investments recouped in only a few years
Positive cash flow; energy savings usually exceed the cost of the system.
Some utilities offer rebates or incentives to their customers who purchase GSHPs. To see what your state has to offer visit www.dsireusa.org.
Many heat pump manufacturers, local utilities, and lending institutions have special financing for homeowners who are installing GSHPs
GSHPs are environmentally friendly:
Conserve natural resources by providing climate control efficiently and thus lowering emissions
Minimize ozone layer destruction by using factory-sealed refrigeration systems, which will seldom or never have to be recharged
Uses underground loops to transfer heat, with no external venting and no air pollution
Once installed, a geo-thermal system will be bringing you savings, comfort and enhanced value to your property for years to come!
Information provided by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association.