Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering redoing your present Traverse City home’s HVAC system or still don’t know what to put into the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively straightforward technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to provide your Traverse City home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too highfalutin? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t upsetting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey as much as 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 pull of their “renewability,” devour 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 to begin with? No revelation there: most home lots in Traverse City and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly restricted the polyethylene piping used 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. Very little above-ground surface is needed 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 incredibly quiet. Every component 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 are spared the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of outstanding longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working flawlessly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does in due course 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 kept down.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to last for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, require only infrequent scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a once-a-year coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as proficient in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially put to pastureed by continuing improvements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, 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? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do it at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that lapsed December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, mostly – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal pros at D&W Mechanical 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 Traverse City home.