Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of upgrading your present Maryville home’s HVAC system or still undecided about what to put into the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively uncomplicated technology channels subterranean temperatures to provide your Maryville home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a singular – and singularly cooperative – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too flowery? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t upsetting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use much of it for all the good you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power technologies. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the draw of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require as much of your yard as you might think. Don’t have much yard space anyway? No revelation there: most home lots in Maryville and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly small the polyethylene piping needed for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Almost no above-ground surface is called for at any rate, 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 remarkably quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run much quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, 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 durable heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working perfectly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does in due course have to be repaired or replaced, you undoubtedly won’t be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need only simple and infrequent maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to last for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, shielded indoors from weather extremes, require only an infrequent check as well as periodic filter changes and an annual coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old belief that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially discredited by steady enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be customized to multitask. Okay, so you’ve decided on heating your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home too? 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 in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that lapsed December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological enhancements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, mostly – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more run-of-the-mill heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal specialists at A&L Heating and Air, LLC today. They’ll explain in detail the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Maryville home.