Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is lacking, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re looking into upgrading your current Pittsburgh home’s HVAC system or wondering what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to furnish your Pittsburgh home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too highfalutin? 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 meet the standards of “renewable energy technology.” Certainly, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use much of it for all the advantages you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer 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 general, 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 don’t require as much of your yard as you might think. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No bombshell there: most home lots in Pittsburgh 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 to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Almost no above-ground surface is called for in any event, 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 element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run much quieter than conventional 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 durable heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of extraordinary longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working impeccably for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does sooner or later 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 kept to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to hold up for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, require only infrequent scrutiny 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 belief that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially put to pastureed by continuing advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, 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? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it all at once, 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 bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of conventional heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal specialists at E & D Company HVAC LLC 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 Pittsburgh home.