May 30, 2011
While the source of geothermal energy is as old as the earth itself, obtaining and using the renewable resource to heat and cool residential homes is a relatively recent trend.
The science behind geothermal systems is fairly simple. Because the temperature of the earth’s crust remains steady year-round, a heat pump can be used to extract heat from the earth to warm your home in winter, and vice versa during the summer months. Using this technology can offer many benefits compared to more traditional heating and cooling methods.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, geothermal systems use 25% - 50% less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems. Additionally, “geothermal heat pumps can reduce energy consumption—and corresponding emissions—up to 44% compared to air-source heat pumps and up to 72% compared to electric resistance heating with standard air-conditioning equipment.”
While the upfront cost of purchasing a geothermal system is larger than more traditional HVAC solutions, the significant decrease in energy consumption contributes to big savings on annual energy costs. Most companies offer financing packages to help with the purchase and often the investment is recouped in significant energy savings within two to ten years after installation.
Geothermal heat pump systems can be installed in both new and retrofit situations. They consume significantly less space than a furnace or air conditioner, and unlike air conditioners, there is no outside condensing unit and the noise that accompanies them.
Since most furnaces and other heating elements involve the burning of some fossil fuel, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is always present. Geothermal systems do not burn anything, so your comfort is controlled without a risk to your health and safety.
Like traditional heating or air conditioning systems, geothermal systems use ductwork to quietly and evenly distribute air throughout your home. Additionally, geothermal heat pumps make it easier to maintain about 50% indoor humidity, making them great solutions for humid areas like Southeastern Florida.
At Cool Today, we offer geothermal solutions designed to make you comfortable and keep money in your pocket. Contact us online to learn more or schedule your free estimate today.
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