Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of upgrading your current Hattiesburg home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to put into the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively straightforward technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to furnish your Hattiesburg home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused 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 upsetting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the criteria for “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need 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 significantly more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the appeal of their “renewability,” devour 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 surprise there: most home lots in Hattiesburg and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly You’ll be happy to know, however, that 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. Almost no above-ground surface is necessary 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 perform significantly quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More comforting still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does ultimately need repairing or replacing, 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 need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to endure for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, shielded indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only an occasional inspection as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as effective in cooling as they are in heating. The old perception that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially put to pastureed by steady refinements 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? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do it all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased 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.
 
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