Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is limited, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re planning on upgrading your present Northern Virginia home’s HVAC system or pondering what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively simple technology channels subterranean temperatures to supply your Northern Virginia home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a distinctive – and distinctively sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too highfalutin? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t “messing” with the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the criteria for “renewable energy technology.” Certainly, 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 transport as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power systems. In general, solar and wind technologies, whatever the draw of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems will be hardly noticeable on your property. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No shocker there: most home lots in Northern Virginia and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly 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. Almost no above-ground surface is necessary in any case, 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 aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of extraordinary longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working flawlessly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does in due course need repairing or replacing, you undoubtedly won’t be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be held to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need very little maintenance. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to endure for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, need 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 notion that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been substantially discredited by steady refinements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Okay, so you’ve chosen to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home also? And what if you have a swimming pool? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do 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. That said, a number of factors – material and technological enhancements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, mostly – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more common heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal specialists at Renewable Energy Solutions 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 Northern Virginia home.