Geothermals 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 East Tennessee home’s HVAC system or wondering 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 on the market. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to furnish your East Tennessee home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a singular – and singularly cordial – 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 meet the criteria for “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport up to five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are significantly more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the pull of their “renewability,” eat four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t take up as much of your yard as you might expect. Don’t have much yard space anyway? No revelation there: most home lots in East Tennessee and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly compact 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 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 remarkably quiet. Every aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More reassuring still, 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 insure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working perfectly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does sooner or later have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be held to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need almost no maintenance. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to last for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, need only sporadic scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as effective in cooling as they are in heating. The old perception that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much buried by continuing advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be configured to multitask. Okay, 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? Don’t worry. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it concurrently, 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 bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that lapsed December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of conventional heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal pros at Geo Pros of Knoxville today. They’ll clearly outline the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your East Tennessee home.