Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is lacking, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re looking into upgrading your current Oswego home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to install in the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively straightforward technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to supply your Oswego home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a unique – and uniquely coordinated – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too highfalutin? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the value you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport up to five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are significantly more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the draw of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems will be hardly noticeable on your property. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Oswego and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively You’ll be relieved to know, however, that the polyethylene piping used for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and extended to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Very little above-ground surface is necessary in any case, whether vertical, horizontal, open (well water), or pond loops are installed. Result? You can keep your little patch of paradise a whole lot greener.
  5. Geothermal HVAC systems are unbelievably quiet. Every aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does ultimately need repairing or replacing, it’s not likely that you’ll be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to last for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only a sporadic inspection as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old notion that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much put to pastureed by continuing advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be customized to multitask. Okay, so you’ve decided you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Don’t fret. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological improvements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, predominantly – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of more common heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal professionals at Nodines Heating Inc. today. They’ll explain in detail the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Oswego home.