Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is lacking, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re looking into redoing your current Seattle home’s HVAC system or still undecided about how best to heat and cool the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to furnish your Seattle home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a unique – and uniquely harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too flashy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t destroying 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.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the benefit you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport 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. The truth of the matter is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the draw 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 anyway? No bombshell there: most home lots in Seattle and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively tight 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. 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 aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, 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. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working flawlessly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does by and by have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems require very little maintenance. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to hold up for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, safeguarded indoors from weather extremes, need only a sporadic inspection as well as periodic filter changes and a yearly coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old notion that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially put to pastureed 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? Don’t fret. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological improvements, 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.
 
Get hold of the geothermal wizards at Vaughn Mechanical today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Seattle home.