How Do I Know Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Seattle Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopIf there’s anybody around who still hasn’t heard about the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling, you might well ask if they’ve been living underground. Of course, if they had, they’d surely miss the irony of your question, considering that the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

At present, though, most Seattle homeowners understand at least a little about the rewards of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are looking into one, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their current system or as the system they install in that new home they’re constructing.

Contemplating going geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are seductive:

  • Replacing your conventional HVAC system with a geothermal one could help you lower your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are marvelously energy efficient. That, in addition to the fact that they don’t fight the environment, but work with it, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems available today.
  • Given the options geothermal systems offer – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, for instance – you’re in more of a position to see to it that the system you select is the most efficient and effective for your Seattle home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are built for generations of dependable use. The fact that they have few parts, require less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be located indoors, out of the weather, makes a big difference.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be put in any time of the year. The weather and the temperature are no obstruction, and no extra fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Almost no yard space is needed for a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is necessary is discreet; the “curb appeal” of your home won’t be ruined in the least.
  • Finally, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming more and more wallet-friendly – even in the (one would hope) temporary absence of federal tax credits and rebates. Advances in system design and manufacturing processes as well as greater competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
Still, as motivating as all this might be, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a considerable investment. Whether or not it’s the right investment for you depends not only on your bank account but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the present ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you settle on replacing or retrofitting your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, contact the specialists at Vaughn Mechanical. We can help you make the ideal choice – and provide you with the optimal geothermal heating and cooling solution for your Seattle home.