Geothermal heat pumps (a.k.a. a “ground-source” heat pumps) are becoming more common for residential homes. People who once thought that installing geothermal heating and cooling was out of their reach are finding that these installations are more flexible and affordable than ever before. If a home already has a standard AC or heat pump, most of the indoor work for installation is already done—a geothermal heat pump will use the same ductwork the current AC or heat pump uses. Putting in the ground loops isn’t as difficult as it may seem either.
If you’re thinking about changing over to geothermal heating and geothermal cooling in Brighton, MI, you should know about some of the major benefits of this switch. It’s true that a geothermal installation is a larger investment than other HVAC systems, but the system can pay you back in many ways:
High energy efficiency
The major advantages of geothermal systems is their low operating cost compared to standard HVAC systems. Because they draw energy from the stable temperatures underground, they don’t face the same fluctuations with outdoor temperatures that air-source heat pumps do. They’re particularly efficient as heating systems. Over the lifespan of a geothermal heat pump, your home could save as much as 70% off heating and cooling costs.
Speaking of lifespan, a geothermal system is a very long-term investment. The heat pump components in the house will last for 10–15 years, which is standard for most heat pumps. The ground loops, however, can last more than 50 years, saving you having to replace the most expensive part of the system. You’ll have many years to enjoy energy-saving performance.
Standard heat pumps can suffer from efficiency drops during extreme outdoor temperatures because they must struggle to try to draw heat from cold weather and expel heat during hot weather. Geothermal heat pumps never have this trouble because they use the temperature underground, which doesn’t change with the weather and stays around 45°F.
The main source of noise from a heat pump or AC is the outdoor condenser unit, which is where the system releases or absorbs heat from the air. A geothermal system releases and absorbs heat from underground, so there’s no noisy outdoor condenser.
In heating mode, geothermal systems are one of the safest options for a house. There’s no combustion of gas that can lead to toxic fumes and the exterior of the unit doesn’t even heat up.
Interested in going green? A geothermal system is one of the best ways to get started decreasing your carbon footprint. The high energy efficiency of a geothermal heat pump eases the strain on electrical plants, and they do not generate any greenhouse gases.
We’ll acknowledge that a geothermal heat pump isn’t the right choice for all homes. The best way to learn if your house will benefit from geothermal heating and cooling is to work with our professionals. We’ll locate the best and most energy-efficient method to provide your house with comfort year-round.
First Choice Heating & Cooling serves Fenton, Linden, Holly, and the surrounding areas. If your home had a voice … it would call First Choice!