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Advantages of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems

The advantages of geothermal systems can be categorized to their efficiency, reliability, safety, flexibility, convenience, renewable energy advantages, and financial advantages. 

Efficiency Advantages of Geothermal heating and cooling systems

  • Geothermal heating are up to six times more efficient in garnering heat energy as compared to electrical energy.
  • They use up to 1/6th less electricity than conventional systems.

Reliability & Safety Advantages of Geothermal heating and cooling systems

  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems have lesser moving parts, which reduces maintenance.
  • Unlike regular air conditioning systems, they have no parts outside. There is reduced wear and tear, no worry of dirt getting into the system of problems of vandalism.
  • Geothermal heating arrangements can last longer than conventional systems and come with a lasting warranty that make them extremely user friendly.
  • Risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning is reduced due to use of natural resources

Flexibility & Convenience Advantages of Geothermal

  • Geothermal work as heating and cooling systems in one, reducing the cost of two massive units in one.
  • They are large and can cater to larger facilities including heating your swimming pool and the entire premises of your home
  • They are a noiseless solution to all your heating and cooling problems
  • They consume much lesser space that your regular heating and cooling systems adding to the […]

Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems’ Loop Fields

Geothermal Heat Pump Loop Fields

A geothermal heat pump system is comprised of two components, a loop field and a heat pump. The heat pump is placed inside everyone’s house and is responsible for the heat exchange. The loop field is the process of piping which is placed underground in your yard. The loop fields last for around 50+ years long. The geothermal loop fields vary according to the climate, location of your house and size of your house. Generally, the loop field is responsible for about half of your heat pump’s cost. Loop fields can be placed vertically or horizontally. The way in which the pipe is inserted in the ground, the loop field’s orientation changes. The loop field is placed in a way in which they all work efficiently. The orientation of the loop would depend totally upon the available space, contractor’s preference and ground conditions.

3 types of Geothermal loop fields : horizontal, vertical and pond.

Horizontal loop fields

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Horizontal As mentioned above, the orientation of the geothermal loop field would depend upon the space and ground conditions of your house. A horizontal loop field installation usually occurs in a place where yards have lots of space or in rural areas. The horizontal loop field […]

Geothermal Heat Pumps vs. High-Efficiency Gas Furnaces

Geothermal Heat Pumps

vs. High-Efficiency Gas Furnaces

With the rise in the erratic climate changes, households have seen several traditional methods of heating and cooling their indoor environment. There are two types of heating and cooling systems which have the highest levels of efficiency: high-efficiency gas furnaces and geothermal heat pumps. Let’s first take a look at high-efficiency gas furnaces.

High-Efficiency Gas Furnaces Are Less Energy Efficient Than Geothermal HVAC SystemsHeat is generated due to the burning of fossil fuels in this method. The creation of heat in this method requires an external source of energy to input into the furnace. A more modern take on heating and cooling systems is the Geothermal method. With this method, heat is not created; however, it is simply borrowed from the Earth and directed into your home. While both of these methods create heat efficiently, one is more cost effective.

Geothermal heat pumps prove to be the least expensive in terms of operational cost when compared to other options. Geothermal heating and cooling systems generate 5 units of heat per 1 unit of electricity used and they are significantly more efficient when compared to the cost of running a natural gas furnace or an electric heat pump. Take a look […]

How Are You Getting Warm and Cozy This Winter?

Winters are the best time of the year. Nothing compares to the luxuries of life, sitting in front of a warm fire sipping hot cocoa. Warm pajamas and toasty homes make the chilly winters bearable but all of these cannot be complete without investing in the perfect heating systems for your homes. Staying warm in the winters can be a step closer with the effective geothermal systems that have been taking on the market with rage.

Geothermal systems are heating systems that use the natural temperatures of the below the earth’s surface to maintain stability in temperatures even on the coldest winter nights when the world outside is covered with snow. The underlying principle of geothermal systems is to use naturally available resources from the consistent temperatures available at the earth’s interiors, using an underground closed loop system that is efficient in saving up to 50 to 60% on your utility bills.

Why not stick to fireplaces you ask? Modern day fireplaces work on an electric circuit consuming a lot of unnecessary energy while creating high levels of pollution through the smoke generated by them. They also heat only a certain portion of your house directly exposed to the fireplace, the rest of your house remains open to the harsh winters keeping unequal temperatures within the walls […]

WaterFurnace Geothermal Heat Pumps

Waterfurnace 3 Series with Aurora Control

WaterFurnace 3 Series with Aurora Control

Features

The 300A11 is a dual capacity WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump that heats, cools, and provides a portion of a home’s hot water. The communicating Aurora controls work in conjunction with the dual capacity compressor and 5-speed ECM blower motor to provide comfort and savings at a great price point.
Model Number Configuration Capacity Energy Use: Annual Energy Use Annual Cost (National Average)* Lifetime Cost to Operate** % Saving over Federal Minimum
EER COP
LDV024A Closed Loop 23,100 18.1 3.9 1,730 189 2,829 35%
LDH024A
LDV036A 35,100 18.5 3.8 2,620 286 4,284 35%
LDH036A
LDV048A 49,000 19 3.9 3,581 390 5,855 36%
LDH048A
LDV060A 59,900 19.4 3.6 4,441 484 7,261 35%
LDH060A
LDV072A 67,000 19.1 3.6 5,034 549 8,231 34%
LDH072A
LDV024A Open Loop 25,100 22.5 4.4 1,572 171 2,570 45%
LDH024A
LDV036A 38,000 22.6 4.3 2,396 261 3,917 45%
LDH036A
LDV048A 52,300 24.5 4.4 3,128 341 5,114 48%
LDH048A
LDV060A 64,100 23.4 4.1 4,056 442 6,632 45%
LDH060A
LDV072A 71,800 23 4.1 4,588 500 7,502 44%
LDH072A
WaterFurnace 5 Series with Aurora Control

WaterFurnace 5 Series with Aurora Control

Features:
The 5 Series is a dual capacity WaterFurnace  geothermal heat pump that heats, cools, and provides a portion of a home’s […]

The Many Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps

Outside of purchasing a home, the most challenging investment an individual can make in a building is a geothermal heating and cooling system. Therefore, before one dives straight into the deep end, knowing the pros of cons of it is a sound decision. This short piece will touch upon some of the major advantages and disadvantages of a geothermal heat pumps. But first, let us understand what these systems are.

Think of the center of the Earth like a fireplace which continually burns. This fireplace heats its ‘enclosure’ constantly. Hence, when you dig under the surface of the earth and reach a certain depth, the temperature will always be around 50 degrees. It might be chilly winters according to the air temperature, but the underground temperature eternally remains a balmy 50. A geothermal system uses a series of ducts and pumps to push this heat into a home or building. It works in the reverse direction during summers where it draws heat from inside a house and sends it underground.

So, how does a geothermal pump put typical air conditioning systems to shame? First and foremost, it does not use fossil fuels and thus is exceptionally environment-friendly. This brings us to the second benefit of geothermal pumps. There is no requirement of expensive fuel to heat […]

Federal Geothermal Tax Credits Reinstated

The U.S geothermal industry saw the light of a shiny future with a solid victory for their employees, seeing a revision in the federal tax credits for its commercial and residential installations. The inequality created two years ago had created significant distress in the market, but the Congress’ current decision to reinstate geothermal tax credits have been a game changer that safeguard the industry’s future as a whole, all the way up to 2021.

GEO Members and coalition partners including the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Association of Homebuilders, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and the American Gas Association, lobbied relentlessly in Washington since early 2017, to reinstate and extend 30% federal tax credits for residential geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations, and 10% credits for commercial jobs.The battle over the last couple of years had been an uphill one, and legislators working tirelessly finally breathe a sigh of relief when the new bill passed listed out how all commercial projects would be listed under the tax credit system of the of commencement rather than the year it would be put into service. This not only works in the favor of the industry but on a global scale, reinstating the use and promoting the ecological benefit of using geothermal systems extensively.

The installations of geothermal […]

7 Realities About Geothermal Heating and Cooling

7 Realities About Geothermal Heating And Cooling

With the increase in technology, the rate of false information flies out faster too. Each individual is exposed to various inputs of information, which could lead to preconceived notions. However, it is safe only to trust a professional’s point of view in such matters. Here are 10 common myths and their actualities explained:

As the legend goes, Geothermal equipment does not have the ability to run parallel heating operations but the truth is that it is possible to customize the use of the systems for various operations like heating rooms, swimming pools and even the running water in homes.

It is believed that wind turbines and solar panels work more efficiently in saving money and electricity but in reality geothermal systems increase the electricity savings of wind or solar.

A common misconception is that Geothermal systems are not sustainable since they run on electricity but they actually utilize a very small amount of power as compared to conventional heating and cooling systems.

Many think that a Geothermal system could prove to be noisy, making rattling pops and grunts but in fact good quality equipment produces minimal sound and can be camouflaged from viewing as well.

A typical hesitation while gauging Geothermal heating and cooling systems is that the repairs and equipment replacement end up […]