Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is next to nil, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re looking into retrofitting your present Kalkaska home’s HVAC system or still undecided about what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to supply your Kalkaska home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a unique – and uniquely compatible – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little 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 meet the standards of “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use much of it for all the good 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. Generally speaking, 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 revelation there: most home lots in Kalkaska and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively small the polyethylene piping needed 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 part of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More impressive still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of exceptional longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working impeccably for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does sooner or later have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept down.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need very little maintenance. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to endure for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only infrequent scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and an annual coil cleaning.
  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 ongoing advances 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? 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 reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, mostly – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal pros at Kalkaska Pumbing & Heating Inc. today. They’ll explain in detail the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Kalkaska home.