How Do I Establish Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Pittsburgh Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopYou might well ask someone who still hasn’t gotten the word about geothermal heating and cooling if they’ve been living underground for the last 50 years or so. Of course, that person would more than likely miss the irony of your question, since the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

Nowadays, though, most Pittsburgh homeowners have heard at least a little about the rewards of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are mulling one over, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their existing system or as the system they install in that new home they’ll soon have under construction.

Thinking about going geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are attractive:

  • Replacing your old-fashioned HVAC system with a geothermal one could help you cut your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are remarkably energy efficient. That, plus the fact that they work with the environment, not against it, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems around.
  • Given the options geothermal systems give you – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, first off – you’re in a better position to ensure that the system you select is the most efficient and effective for your Pittsburgh home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are built for generations of reliable use. The fact that they have fewer parts, require less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be located indoors, out of the weather, definitely helps.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be installed any time of the year. The weather and the temperature are no obstruction, and no added fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Almost no yard space is needed for a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is needed is inconspicuous; the “curb appeal” of your home won’t suffer at all.
  • Last, but not least, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming increasingly wallet-friendly – even lacking, as we do at the moment, federal tax credits and rebates. Advances in system design and manufacturing processes as well as greater competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
Nevertheless, as tempting as all this might be, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a not inconsiderable investment. Whether or not it’s the right investment for you is determined not only by your financial circumstances but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the present ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you settle on replacing or retrofitting your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, get hold of the experts at E & D Company HVAC LLC. We can help you make the best choice – and see that you get the finest geothermal heating and cooling solution for your Pittsburgh home.