Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re planning on upgrading your present Kearney home’s HVAC system or wondering how best to heat and cool the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to supply your Kearney home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a unique – and uniquely coordinated – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too showy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting 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 require much of it for all the benefit you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey up to 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 setups. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure 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 to begin with? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Kearney and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively small the polyethylene piping required 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 called for in any event, 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 component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More reassuring still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of extraordinary longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working impeccably for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does eventually have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to last 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 an occasional check as well as periodic filter changes and a once-a-year coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old belief that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been substantially buried by steady advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be modified 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 as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Rest easy. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot 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 terminated December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological enhancements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal specialists at Axmann Heating & Air Conditioning today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Kearney home.