Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering upgrading your present Omaha home’s HVAC system or pondering what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly available. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to supply your Omaha home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a singular – and singularly coordinated – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too flowery? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t upending the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems pass muster as “renewable energy technology.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the good you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey up to 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 systems. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the appeal of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t leave as much of a physical footprint in your yard as you might expect. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Omaha and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively compact 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 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 incredibly quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform 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 subjected to the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working impeccably for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does by and by have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t demand 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, shielded indoors from weather extremes, need only occasional scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a yearly 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 pretty much laid to rested by ongoing advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, 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? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do it concurrently, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even when not subsidized by federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more orthodox heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal pros at Getzschman Heating & Air Conditioning today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Omaha home.