A green energy efficient home will not only reduce the cost of utility bills, but it will greatly improve the comfort of your home. Many experts agree that a geothermal heating system is one of the most efficient and environmentally-friendly ways to heat a home. But if words like “green energy” and “geothermal” make you wonder if you’ve stepped into a sci-fi movie, here’s some information to help you understand what it all means to you and your home:
Geothermal literally means “earth heat.” Traditional forced-air systems (like most of us have) use the outside air as a base to heat the house. So, if it’s 10 degrees out the furnace has to heat that 10 degree air up to 70 degrees to make it comfortable inside. This, as you can imagine, takes a lot of energy to do.
A geothermal system, on the other hand, uses the constant, stable temperature of the earth as a base to heat your home. The earth’s temperature stays at a constant temperature, usually 45 degrees to 75 degrees, depending on your latitude. Because the temperature of the earth is much higher than the outside air, it takes a lot less energy to get it to 70 degrees.
The unit works with large coils that are buried in the earth. A liquid, usually a mixture of water and anti-freeze, runs through the tubes. That water (which is the same temperature of the earth) is then run through your home. A compressor extracts the heat from the water, and then raises the temperature to what your thermostat is set at.
The system also works in reverse: in the summer, your geothermal unit can easily cool your home using the earth’s temperature at a fraction of the cost of your air conditioner.
Now, the costs for installing a geothermal heating system can be pretty steep. You can bank on spending $7,000 to $15,000 for a complete system.
But, here’s the good news: depending on your part of the country, the system will pay for itself in 5-8 years and add significant resale value to your home.
Many experts claim that a geothermal system in a 1,500 square foot home will heat and cool your home for $1 per day. And the best part is that you’re not using any fossil fuels to heat and cool your home.
The typical lifespan of a geothermal system is over 20 years. If you invest in a new, traditional heating and cooling system today, you’ll be replacing it again in about 10 years. So, double the price you’d pay now and compare it to the price of a geothermal system. It will be very competitive if you are looking to purchase a high-efficiency system.
Does the idea of a geothermal heating system spark your interest? Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning can answer your geothermal, green energy questions and evaluate whether it might be a fit for your home or business. If you are ready to step into the world of green energy with your HVAC, click this link or call 843.554.8600 for a free consultation and an estimate on the environmentally-friendly and money saving geothermal option.