Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re planning on redoing your current Grinnell home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to install in the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively uncomplicated technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to provide your Grinnell home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a singular – and singularly cooperative – 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 pass muster as “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the advantages 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 technologies. Generally speaking, 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 won’t leave as much of a physical footprint in your yard as you might expect. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No surprise there: most home lots in Grinnell and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively tight 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. Hardly any 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 remarkably quiet. Every component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of extraordinary longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working flawlessly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does ultimately need repairing or replacing, you undoubtedly won’t be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to last for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only a sporadic inspection 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 laid to rested by ongoing enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be modified to multitask. Okay, so you’ve decided you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Don’t fret. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even when not subsidized by federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal pros at Latcham Enterprises today. They’ll explain in detail the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Grinnell home.