Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is limited, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re looking into redoing your present Lancaster home’s HVAC system or still undecided about what to put into the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively straightforward technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to supply your Lancaster home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too pompous? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the standards of “renewable energy technology.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. The truth of the matter is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure of their “renewability,” eat four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t leave as much of a physical footprint in your yard as you might fear. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No surprise there: most home lots in Lancaster and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively compact 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. Almost no 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 amazingly quiet. Every component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working perfectly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does eventually have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need very little maintenance. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to last for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, shielded indoors from weather extremes, need only an occasional inspection as well as periodic filter changes and a yearly coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much buried by steady improvements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be adapted to multitask. Okay, 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? Rest easy. 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 more and more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of conventional heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal pros at Gochnauer at Home today. They’ll clearly outline the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Lancaster home.