Keeping your home warm and comfortable in the winter is likely a top priority. But it can often cost a lot of money. In fact, the US Department of Energy says nearly half of the $2,200 the average US family spends on energy bills goes toward paying for heating and cooling. What if we told you it would be possible to cut this expense and save up to 60% on your annual heating and 50% on your cooling costs? You can with a geothermal heating and cooling system! While these systems may have a high upfront cost, you can’t beat the proven benefits and overall savings you’ll experience for years. Below we highlight several other advantages to switching to this energy-efficient system for your home.
What Is Geothermal Heating and How Does It Work?
Did you know that the US Environmental Protection Agency states that geothermal systems are the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning systems available? If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system or are looking for ways to cut costs on your utility bills by upgrading your outdated system, you may have come across geothermal heating and cooling.
Whether it’s the dead of winter or a summer scorcher, five feet below the ground maintains a constant temperature year-round of around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The constant earth temperature is higher than the average outdoor winter temperatures and lower than the average summer temperatures. To tap into this stable subsurface temperature, a geothermal system utilizes a loop of pipes buried in the ground to transfer the extra heat from underground into your home in the winter and the excess heat from your home back into the earth in the summer.
The Benefits of a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
A geothermal installation has several benefits. If you’re concerned about your environmental impact and not having to worry about fluctuating gas and oil prices, a geothermal system might be right for you. When you install one at your home, you receive these advantages:
These heating and cooling systems are much quieter than traditional ones because there isn’t a compressor or fan outside. The indoor portion of the system is about as loud as a refrigerator.
Instead of worrying about running out of fuel oil again, tap into the endless heat below your yard! A geothermal system also has fewer parts than a traditional unit, lessening the chance of malfunctions or failures.
A geothermal heating system is one of the most energy-efficient HVAC systems available. Despite the higher initial cost, a geothermal heat pump boasts lowering operating costs and ends up paying for itself with energy savings in about two to ten years.
A geothermal system usually lasts over 25 years before they need to be replaced, compared to a traditional HVAC unit, which has an average lifespan of around 12 to 15 years.
Installing an Energy Efficient HVAC System With Detmer and Sons
If you think geothermal heating could be a great fit for your home, contact Detmer and Sons. Our professionals can help you determine the best geothermal system suitable to your lifestyle and home’s design. Request a consultation today!