Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is lacking, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re planning on upgrading your current Rochester home’s HVAC system or pondering what to put into the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to furnish your Rochester home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a distinctive – and distinctively harmonious – 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 qualify as “renewable energy technology.” Certainly, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require 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 far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power technologies. The truth is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t take over your yard. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Rochester 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 to a depth of anywhere from 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 remarkably quiet. Every aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of exceptional longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does ultimately have to be repaired or replaced, you undoubtedly won’t be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept down.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to endure for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only occasional scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old belief that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much put to pastureed by continuing refinements 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? Don’t worry. 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 reinstitute federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended 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 more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal professionals at Van Hee Mechanical today. They’ll explain in detail the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Rochester home.