Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering upgrading your current Williamsport home’s HVAC system or wondering what to use in the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively uncomplicated technology channels subterranean temperatures to furnish your Williamsport home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a distinctive – and distinctively harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too highfalutin? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the benefit 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 much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power systems. In general, solar and wind technologies, whatever the pull 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 to begin with? No shocker there: most home lots in Williamsport and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively You’ll be glad to know, however, that the polyethylene piping used 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 unbelievably quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run significantly 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 clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working impeccably for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does eventually need repairing or replacing, you won’t likely be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need almost no maintenance. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to endure for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, require only occasional scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a once-a-year coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as proficient in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been substantially buried by steady enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve chosen to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home also? And what if you have a swimming pool? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do it at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstitute federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of more common heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal professionals at Hepler Geothermal Inc. today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Williamsport home.