Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering retrofitting your present Dallas home’s HVAC system or still undecided about what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively uncomplicated technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to supply your Dallas home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a distinctive – and distinctively cordial – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too pompous? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t “messing” with the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the advantages you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure of their “renewability,” eat four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t take up as much of your yard as you might expect. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No shocker there: most home lots in Dallas and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively restricted the polyethylene piping required 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. Hardly any above-ground surface is needed 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 part of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the aggravation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does by and by have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need only simple and infrequent maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to endure for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only occasional scrutiny 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 idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much put to pastureed by steady improvements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Okay, so you’ve chosen 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 worry. Today’s systems can do it all and do it simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstitute federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that lapsed December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of conventional heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal pros at Geo-Thermal Distribution Co., LLC today. They’ll explain in detail the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Dallas home.