Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of upgrading your present Bloomington home’s HVAC system or wondering what to install in the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology channels subterranean temperatures to provide your Bloomington home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a unique – and uniquely sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too grandiose? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t upending the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the benefit you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer 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. The truth is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure of their “renewability,” eat four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t overwhelm your yard. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No surprise there: most home lots in Bloomington 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. Hardly any 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 amazingly quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, 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 dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working flawlessly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does eventually have to be repaired or replaced, 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 need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to hold up for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only an infrequent inspection as well as periodic filter changes and an annual coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as proficient 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 continuing enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve decided on heating your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home too? And what if you have a swimming pool? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do 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 restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, predominantly – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more run-of-the-mill heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal pros at Truesdel Heating-Cooling and Maintenance LLC today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Bloomington home.