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Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Be Right for You

geothermal-loopsDo you have plans to make significant changes in your home’s HVAC system in the near future? Or are you moving to a new house and have to think about how you are going to provide heating and cooling for it? There are plenty of options to consider, but you might have brushed off the idea of geothermal heating and cooling because it sounds too expensive, cumbersome, ineffective, or all three.

But geothermal heat pumps are advanced today and offer immense benefits for households. They do cost more to install than conventional air-source heat pumps and central AC/furnace systems, but they can pay back their costs over time, and continue to deliver savings after that for years and years. Installing a geothermal heat pump isn’t as difficult as it sounds, either, if you have professionals like ours on the job.

Why Geothermal Is Becoming Popular

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are growing in popularity not only because they offer green solutions that benefit the environment, but also because of the savings and efficient performance they provide. The energy savings compared to a standard heat pump, or using a central air conditioner and furnace, are enough that most geothermal systems will pay off their installation costs in 5 to 10 years. Geothermal systems can last for decades, with the indoor heat pump components running for 15 to 20 years and the ground loops (the costliest part to replace) enduring for more than 50 years. That gives you many years to enjoy a performance that is 3 to 4 times more energy efficient than a standard heat pump.

There’s also reliability with geothermal systems that you won’t find with conventional air-source heat pumps. The ground loops are buried deep enough in the ground to access a steady temperature that isn’t affected by how cold or hot it is on the surface. The ground temperature stays around 45°F to 55°F, more than enough to let the heat pump work without strain during either heating or cooling mode.

Can a Geothermal System Work for My Home?

Chances are good that it can. The indoor components are the same as any heat pump or central air conditioning systems that uses ductwork, so if your home already had a ducted ventilation system, it’s easy to convert it over to geothermal. The ground loops need space, and depending on the layout of your property they can be either laid out in vertical or horizontal configurations in the ground. Our geothermal professionals will see if your home and property are suited to geothermal and find the best way to do it. The installation process will only take one or two days—then you’ll be set for decades!

For Howell, MI HVAC services, including full geothermal heating and cooling installation, repair, and maintenance, you only need to contact us. If you’re thinking about installing a new heating and cooling system, and geothermal sounds like a possibility, we’d love to help you out.

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