Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of redoing your present Central Virginia home’s HVAC system or still don’t know what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly available. Their simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to supply your Central Virginia home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a singular – and singularly cordial – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too pompous? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the advantages you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey as much as 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 technologies. 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 won’t overwhelm your yard. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No surprise there: most home lots in Central Virginia and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively meager]55] piece of real-estate. {{The good news is, the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and extended to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any 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 amazingly quiet. Every part of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform significantly quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, 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 dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working perfectly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does sooner or later have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need almost no maintenance. 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, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, require only a sporadic examination 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 substantially laid to rested by steady advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be adapted to multitask. Okay, so you’ve decided on heating your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home too? 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 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 refinements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal wizards at Scott Horseman Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Central Virginia home.