Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of retrofitting your current Kitsap County home’s HVAC system or still don’t know how best to heat and cool the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to provide your Kitsap County home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a singular – and singularly harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too pompous? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t subverting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems pass muster as “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the advantages you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power technologies. The truth of the matter is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the appeal of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require as much of your yard as you might think. Don’t have much yard space anyway? No surprise there: most home lots in Kitsap County and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively meager]55] piece of real-estate. {{The good news is, the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Very little above-ground surface is needed in any event, 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 incredibly quiet. Every aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More comforting still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of exceptional longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working flawlessly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does eventually have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to endure for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, safeguarded indoors from weather extremes, need only an infrequent check as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old notion that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially laid to rested by steady improvements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve decided you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. That said, 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 more common heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal professionals at Thermal Systems today. They’ll clearly outline the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Kitsap County home.