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Geothermal energy is derived from the heat contained in the earth. At two feet below the surface in our region the temperature remains at a consistent 55 degrees. A geothermal heat pump utilizes this energy via duct work, a heat exchanger and pipes buried near the building either in a trench or vertically.
In the summer the heat exchanger takes the heat from the building and sends it into the consistent 55 degree earth to cool it before sending it back into the building. In the winter, the exchanger reverses this process.
Increase Your Systems Life Expectancy Over Conventional Systems
Geothermal systems can have a life expectancy of 30 years with the average geothermal unit lifespan being 22 years according to the US Department of Energy! The National Association of Home Builders survey data shows the average lifespan of a conventional heat pump to be only 16 years.
- Greater efficiency leads to higher and more consistent levels of comfort and performance.
- 4 to 5 times more efficient in fuel conversion than a gas furnace.
- Energy is from your own backyard so there is less demand on the overall system
- Bore field life expectancy is 100 years due to ground protection of the system.
- The units are installed inside your house and are therefore not exposed to the elements
- Geothermal unit lifespan
- Conventional heat pump lifespan
Be Green and Lessen Your Carbon Footprint
- CO2 emissions caused by HVAC systems
- All other CO2 emissions
Heating and cooling buildings accounts for about 26% of all CO2 emissions in the United States, which means our HVAC systems contribute over ¼ of the C02 and the majority of a buildings carbon footprint. According to the EPA we could reduce carbon emissions by 40 to 70% by utilizing geothermal energy. If we converted all systems in the US to geothermal, and assumed a 50% reduction in emissions, we would reduce our country’s carbon foot print by 15%!
- Works with nature not against it
- Decreases contribution to air pollution and acid rain
- No production of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gasses
- Minimizes ozone layer destruction
- DOA and EPA endorsed technology
Don’t Let Your Home Be a Victim of Foreign Oil Dependency
According to the US Energy Information Administration, the US imported 40% of its crude oil needs. Further research shows that the US makes better use of the crude oil and is a net exporter of these products, which is great, except that the consumer is effected more directly by the markets not the importing or exporting capabilities. The markets are driven by the speculation of investors and that drives up the price to the end user.
- Not reliant upon fossil fuels
- American made energy, homegrown in your backyard
- Geothermal is a renewable and unlimited resource and available 365/24/7
- Reduce price manipulation by foreign states and oil companies
- Oil Imports
- Domestic Production
You’re Not Stuck with the System You Have
The systems can be retrofitted to existing systems or once installed easily expanded upon. All different types of existing systems can be retrofitted. Hydro-air forced, Furnace and forced air, base board heat systems and homes built prior to the 1970s energy crisis can all be retrofitted and benefit from geothermal technology.
- Replacement with geothermal will improve every facet of the home’s system
- Professionals can install entire system in less than a week
- Custom built to every individual home and customers need
Put More Green in Your Bank Account As Well As the Environment
Geothermal heat pumps reduce energy cost mainly because they do not use fossil fuels and require very little electricity to operate. Furthermore, if you connect the system to hot water heaters, those cost are significantly reduced as well. There are upfront costs associated with the system like any other and if those cost are part of initial or refinanced mortgage, homeowners can see net savings from the beginning of the systems use. Energy-efficient mortgages available and some electric utility companies offer financing for homeowners installing geothermal heating and cooling systems. Ask our in-house sales representative about financing options.
- 30% Tax Credit!
- Reduce costs of heating your water.
- See utility energy savings of 40 to 70%
- Recoup your investment in 3 to 7 years and then the savings are cash remaining in your pocket
- Increase the resale value of your home
- Very reliable and less maintenance
- FREE and renewable energy from the sun!
Typical Energy Savings Over Current System
Heating Energy Savings with a Geothermal Heat Pump
- Heat Pump 42%
- Electric 62%
- Natural Gas 48%
- Heating Oil 65%
- High Efficiency Propane 74%
- Standard Efficiency Propane 78%
Cooling Energy Savings (Estimated) with a Geothermal Heat Pump
- Heat Pump 42%
- Electric 55%