Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is next to nil, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re planning on upgrading your present Panama City home’s HVAC system or still don’t know how best to heat and cool the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to provide your Panama City home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a unique – and uniquely coordinated – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too showy? 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 meet the standards of “renewable energy technology.” Certainly, 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 transport as much as 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. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the chachet of their “renewability,” devour 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 revelation there: most home lots in Panama City and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly small the polyethylene piping needed 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. Almost no above-ground surface is necessary 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. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering 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 exceptional longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working perfectly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does ultimately 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 relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require 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, 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 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 refinements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve determined you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Don’t worry. 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 bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological improvements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, mostly – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more orthodox heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal specialists at Ridge Heating and Air today. They’ll explain in detail the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Panama City home.