Geothermal Heating and Cooling is in YOUR Future

Heating and cooling a home is usually one of, if not the most expensive month to month bills a homeowner faces after considering their mortgage. Especially in older homes, heating bills seem to just be a never ending money pit that never seems to eat its fill. Modernizing windows, improving insulation, solar panels, the upgrades to your home are never ending and can seem to be just as large a money waster, and sometime the returns never quite appear like you might have been promised. There is one solution, however, that can not only save you money every month, but save the environment as well.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems
Your house already came with a very valuable, renewable, and most importantly, free resource when you bought it. But the huge majority of homeowners never give it a second thought. The very ground that your house sits on can provide you with all the heat and cooling energy that you’ll ever likely need, or at the very least a huge percentage of it. All you need to do is take advantage of the tremendous possibilities.

Cost Effect
While it’s true that the initial cost of installing a geothermal can be daunting for the average homeowner, the long term benefits are rather remarkable, and can quickly tip the scales to a return in as soon as 4 years. Modern geothermal systems are 50 to 70% more efficient than other systems, and the US department of energy estimate that as much as 50% less electricity is used by ground-source heat pump systems, at roughly half the maintenance costs of traditional heating and cooling sources. Added to that is the recent $2000 per year tax credit now available from the federal government, and installers are quick to see the system pay for its self, and then some.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Going Green
The tax break is an example of the fed trying to promote greener, more environmentally friend options for the average consumer. Geothermal systems give you the ability to completely cut yourself from the “carbon” grid. Geothermal power sounds like it draws energy from the earth itself, which is a bit misleading. Thermal pumps actually use the earth as something like a giant heat sink. Because the earth past a certain depth is always more or less the same temperature, the pump is able to cycle the water and air in pipes threaded throughout the ground to equalize the temperature between a warm ground and cold house in the winter and a cool ground and hot house in the summer. The entire system is basically a closed loop, and is extremely efficient.

Plan for the Future
Geothermal set ups are not cheap, and they don’t work as effectively in all climates and geography. Drilling costs can be extremely expensive, and the systems themselves average in the $17-30,000 range, make these most useful to new home builders. However, for the current homeowner looking to not only saving money down the road but also increase the value of their home, a geothermal system is one of the most compelling ideas out there today.

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