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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Go green with geothermal heating and cooling in your home

The benefits of geothermal heating and cooling

By Ken Uhrich

As the world over is becoming more environmentally conscious, greener options for energy are becoming more prevalent when building new homes. Solar panels have been popping up in many residential homes as a means of cutting down on energy bills. Geothermal heating is another option for building a new home that is friendly to both the environment and your wallet. Here are some of the advantages to installing geothermal heating when building a new home.

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Geothermal Heat Pump- Photo Taken by: Laverick
  • Low operating cost- keeping your home comfortable year round can easily be among the most expensive of your utilities. Geothermal heating units are significantly more efficient than gas or electric heaters, producing up to 4 times more energy than that of electric heat. With an efficient control system can lower a heating bill to almost a third of it’s normal rate.

  • Environmentally sound- Both the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA list geothermal systems to be the most environmentally friendly way of heating a cooling a home. Because geothermal systems aren’t burning up gas or any other combustibles to produce heat, there’s no emissions from carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gasses. Conversely, because it uses significantly less electricity, it cuts down on the grid demand and the need for more electric plants.

  • Cleaner and safer- The other advantage to not using combustibles is that geothermal heating is a safer way to heat your home than gas. Gas leaks can lead to house fires as well as carbon monoxide poisoning both of which are extremely dangerous.

  • Less noise pollution- Both a furnace and air conditioning systems can create a lot of noise in your home, especially if you’re operating an older or less efficient system. The noise output of a geothermal heat pump is equivalent to that of your refrigerator. Giving you a little more peace and quiet as well as a more comfortable home.

  • Reliable and long lasting- While a standard furnace will last upwards of 10 years with good maintenance, the average lifespan of a geothermal heat up is 15+ which can help cut down on maintenance and replacement costs. The ground pipes for your geothermal system also come with a 50 year warranty, adding a little more peace of mind when it comes to your home.

  • Positive return on your investment- Unlike your car or a new furnace, installing a geothermal heat system brings a positive return on your investment. Between the tax credits now offered by the government for green energy solutions and the cost reduction of your utilities, installing a geothermal system for your new home will, in time, pay for itself. If you should decide to sell your home, having a geothermal system installed can easily raise the value.
When building a new home, there are always several different factors to consider, and your means of heating and cooling are no exception. While it might be more expensive to build a geothermal heating system than a furnace or central air from the outset, it’s an investment that makes up for the initial cost. Safer for both your home and your environment, geothermal heating systems are the way to go when it comes to keeping your house comfortable year round.

About the author: +Ken Uhrich likes houses. In fact he lives in one. You can drop him a line at the Custom Home Group website.

Image: Laverick,  CC BY-NC-S.A 2.0