Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re planning on redoing your current Big Rapids home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their simple technology channels subterranean temperatures to furnish your Big Rapids home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a singular – and singularly harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit 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 value 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 considerably more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. In truth, 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 dominate your yard. Don’t have much yard space anyway? No shocker there: most home lots in Big Rapids and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively restricted the polyethylene piping used 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. Very little 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 operate much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does by and by need repairing or replacing, you undoubtedly won’t be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be held to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need almost no maintenance. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to hold up for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only sporadic scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as powerful in cooling as they are in heating. The old perception that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much put to pastureed by continuing refinements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be configured 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 also? 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 restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal pros at Stratz Heating & Cooling, Inc. today. They’ll clearly outline the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Big Rapids home.