The global trend towards more environmentally-friendly living environments has become popular thanks to more cost effective and reliable options. Homeowners are able to consider products that have historically cost too much to be a smart alternative to conventional products. Recently, geothermal heat pumps have become a popular alternative to conventional heating and cooling systems. This unique climate control option has both eco- and budget-friendly benefits that many homeowners would find surprising.
Geothermal heat pumps generate climate-controlled air thanks to a system of pipes buried around 20 feet below the earth’s surface. The ground at that depth is a consistent 50 to 60 degrees all year and geothermal heat pumps are able to use that consistent temperature to generate heat or cool air for your home. Geothermal energy uses the free heat energy the earth produces naturally, which makes this form of climate control the most eco-conscious. These systems use electricity as a supplement to run the internal fans that blow the warmed or cooled air into your home. Even with the use of electricity, geothermal systems use on average 50% less energy than conventional HVAC systems.
Installing a geothermal system typically costs more up front than a conventional HVAC system. These higher initial costs can be attributed to a more labor-intensive installation process and the higher price of the unit itself. After your system’s installation, you’ll begin to notice several benefits:
Significant Decrease in Energy Costs- Using the earth’s free store of thermal energy means you’ll see big drops in energy costs over the lifetime of your new geothermal unit.
Little Maintenance- Geothermal systems are located indoors which means you’ll see fewer breakdowns and repairs. Your unit is kept safe from the elements and is less likely to encounter issues that are often associated with outdoor units like debris falling onto the fan or rust.
Safety- Geothermal systems do not rely on natural gas to warm your home, so there is no risk of a carbon monoxide leak in your home.
Tax Incentives- Eco-friendly options like geothermal systems are eligible for state and federal rebates and other incentives which can help homeowners with the cost of upgrading.
For those in the Charleston area who are interested in upgrading to geothermal, contact the experts at Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning today. Our friendly team can help you determine exactly where and how a geothermal heating and cooling system can fit into your home, yard, and budget.