The Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

June 3, 2013

Geothermal heating and cooling is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to conventional furnaces and air conditioners. Drawing on latent underground thermal energy, geothermal systems provide effective and reliable year-round indoor climate control, all for a tiny fraction of the operation costs associated with a standard central HVAC system.

Major benefits of geothermal heating and cooling include:

  • Energy savings. Because you’ll be drawing on plentiful, renewable natural resources, you’ll see a big drop in home heating and cooling costs. You can also use the hot water produced in the open geothermal loop for household applications, giving your savings an added boost.
  • Excellent reliability. Geothermal systems rely on relatively few working parts, meaning they are far less prone to mechanical breakdown. It is not uncommon for a geothermal system to work for decades without requiring major repairs.
  • Zero emissions. You’ll be doing your part to help protect the environment when you choose geothermal heating and cooling, as they do not emit any harmful byproducts into the atmosphere.
  • Improved comfort. Many homeowners who have already made the switch say that geothermal heating and cooling provides more even levels of heating and cooling, with fewer temperature fluctuations.

In terms of performance, geothermal systems compare favorably with standard HVAC systems. However, they do require a significant upfront investment. The actual cost of a geothermal system depends on a number of factors, including the size of the underground loop field required for your home. Thus, payback periods vary, but bear in mind that you may qualify for tax benefits by choosing clean, emissions-free geothermal energy—and that you will immediately and dramatically reduce your household energy costs. Finally, don’t forget that installing a geothermal system will also increase your home’s resale value, as its newfound energy efficiency will make it more attractive to prospective buyers.

At Harrell King, we take pride in helping to protect the environment while facilitating cost and energy savings for our customers. If you have any questions about geothermal retrofits, or if you have any other home comfort concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us. We proudly serve customers throughout southwestern Georgia and look forward to partnering with you!

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