How Do I Determine Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopIf there’s anybody around who still hasn’t heard about the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling, you might be justified in asking if they’ve been living underground. Of course, if they had, they’d surely miss the irony of your question, given that the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

At present, though, most homeowners have heard at least a bit about the rewards of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are deliberating over one, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their present system or as the system they install in that new home they’re having built for them.

Contemplating going geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are alluring:

  • Replacing your conventional HVAC system with a geothermal one could help you lower your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are marvelously energy efficient. That, along with the fact that they don’t fight the environment, but work with it, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems available today.
  • With the options geothermal systems give you – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, first off – you’re in a better position to insure that the system you pick is the most efficient and effective for your home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are built for generations of faithful service. The fact that they have few parts, need less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be sheltered indoors, out of the weather, helps greatly.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be installed whenever you want. The weather and the temperature are no hindrance, and no additional fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Only a small patch of your yard need be dedicated to a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is needed is inconspicuous; the “curb appeal” of your home won’t be ruined in the least.
  • As if all this weren’t incentive enough, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even without the current availability of federal tax credits and rebates. Advances in system design and manufacturing processes as well as growing competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
Nevertheless, as agreeable as all this is, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a hefty investment. Whether or not it’s the right investment for you is dependent not only on your financial circumstances but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the existing ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you settle on replacing or retrofitting your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, consult with the professionals at Ground Loop Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We can help you make the ideal choice – and deliver the finest geothermal heating and cooling solution for your home.