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Is Geothermal AC Right for You? 3 Pros and Cons

You know better than anyone that your house gets blazingly hot in summer. Maybe you’ve tried a ton of ways to cool your home, from window unit air conditioners to multiple fans spread throughout your home, but nothing quite did the trick.

Geothermal AC may be it for you, but with an in-depth installation process and the higher upfront cost, there are a few things to consider before going all-in. Let’s help you figure out if geothermal is right for you.

Pros of Geothermal AC

Geothermal comes with some excellent benefits, but it’s important to weigh them against the cons. Let’s talk about the three best things that geothermal AC has to offer.

  • Energy Efficiency: Geothermal air conditioners and heating systems are one of the most efficient systems you can install in your home. They use the earth’s temperature to cool your house, so while there’s still power being used to bring the temperature from the ground to the inside of your home, it’s less than other systems.
  • Environmentally Friendly: You create less emissions by using geothermal cooling, and since the ground loops you use last for 50–100 years, the environmental impact of digging up your yard isn’t nearly as bad as many think.
  • Comfort All Year Long: Because geothermal systems provide you with both cooling and heating, it’s the perfect system to provide you with comfort all year long.

Cons of Geothermal AC

While geothermal systems are powerful, they have their downsides. These are a few things you need to know before committing to a geothermal AC.

  • High Installation Price: It’s not cheap to get these installed. While the ground loops can last more than a lifetime, and there’s an obvious benefit to that, you’re also dealing with a high upfront bill.
  • Big Space Requirement: Geothermal has to draw temperatures from the earth, so it needs a lot of space to do it. While the main unit of a geothermal AC may not take up too much space, the ground loops do.
  • Big Planning Stage: You don’t just call for geothermal AC to be installed: it’s a very thought-out, deliberate type of system. These require a great deal of planning ahead of time; there’s no avoiding this step, and there is no quick installation.

How to Know If Geothermal Is Right for You

Before you look at geothermal as the perfect solution for your home, there’s a few questions you need to ask yourself:

  • Is this my forever home?
  • Is the upfront cost and hassle worth it right now?
  • Do I have enough yard space to install ground loops?
  • Can I keep up with annual maintenance?

Geothermal systems are usually installed during new construction, for obvious reasons. The average home usually needs a three ton unit, which results in roughly 1,200 by 1,800 feet of space. Without this much space in your yard, it may not be suitable to install a geothermal unit.

It’s Time for an Upgrade

Your old air conditioner is a thing of the past. It’s time to upgrade and install geothermal air conditioning. It’s a lengthy process, it’s definitely more involved than setting up a standard central air conditioner, but it has its benefits if you’re in it for the long haul. Geothermal air conditioning is great for your forever home, and so are we.

Contact us today to schedule a geothermal AC installation or get a quote. If your home had a voice … it would call First Choice!

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