Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering upgrading your current Reading home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to install in the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to supply your Reading home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a singular – and singularly compatible – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too flashy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t “messing” with 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.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the benefit you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey up to 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. In truth, 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 shocker there: most home lots in Reading and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively 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 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 much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does eventually have to be repaired or replaced, you undoubtedly won’t 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 need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to endure for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, need only an infrequent examination as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as powerful in cooling as they are in heating. The old perception that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially laid to rested by continuing advances 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 in the absence of 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 enhancements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, predominantly – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal wizards at Paul W. Essig Inc. today. They’ll explain in detail the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Reading home.