Geothermals Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering retrofitting your current Hattiesburg home’s HVAC system or at a loss for how best to heat and cool the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly available. Their simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to furnish your Hattiesburg home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a unique – and uniquely cooperative – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too pompous? 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.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the benefit 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 much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power systems. The truth is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the chachet of their “renewability,” eat 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 surprise there: most home lots in Hattiesburg and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly limited the polyethylene piping used for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any above-ground surface is called for 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 element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate much quieter than traditional 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, built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working perfectly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does in due course need repairing or replacing, 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 don’t need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to hold up for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, require 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 belief that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much put to pastureed by steady advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be configured 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? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it concurrently, 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 reinstitute federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of more run-of-the-mill heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal professionals at American Air Specialists 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 Hattiesburg home.