Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering upgrading your current New Jersey home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to put into the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to furnish your New Jersey home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too showy? 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 pass muster as “renewable energy technology.” True, 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 transfer as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power systems. The truth of the matter 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 don’t require as much of your yard as you might think. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No surprise there: most home lots in New Jersey 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 as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Almost no above-ground surface is called for in any case, 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 incredibly quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform much quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling 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 ensure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working flawlessly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does by and by have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need very little maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to last for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, shielded indoors from weather extremes, require only infrequent scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a once-a-year coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old notion that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been substantially discredited by ongoing improvements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, 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? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do it simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that lapsed December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of conventional heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal professionals at Energy Smarts Mechanical 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 New Jersey home.