Is your aging, old-fashioned gas or oil furnace burning into your wallet while leaving your bedroom cold? If so, it’s a perfect time to join the many homeowners who are making the switch to geothermal heat. Unlike heaters that require fuel to provide heat, geothermal heat pumps transfer heat from water or soil beneath the surface of the earth. Also called ground-source heaters, geothermal heat pumps were first developed in the 1940s. Today, the United States produces more geothermal energy than any other nation.
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Unbeatable energy efficiency is probably the most popular perk of installing a geothermal system. You can save up to 70 percent in annual heating costs and up to 50 percent in cooling costs by making the switch. The longer lifespan and minimal maintenance requirements of geothermal units also help you save your hard-earned money.
A typical geothermal unit is no larger than a small refrigerator, but it can provide both heating and cooling for your entire home. In the summer, a geothermal unit works in reverse. Warm air from inside your home is directed into the ground while a refrigerant cooled by the ground transfers its lower temperature into your ventilation system to cool your home.
Unlike your old air conditioner or heat pump, a geothermal unit won’t keep you or your neighbors awake at night. Their whisper-quiet operation produces no more noise than your refrigerator. Although they can’t silence your neighbor’s barking dog, they can eliminate at least one of the nighttime triggers.
Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy consider geothermal heating and cooling systems to be the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems on the market. Geothermal systems don’t emit carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or any other harmful greenhouse gases. Because they use very little electricity, they even help reduce the peak grid demand. Experts claim that switching to a geothermal system is the equivalent of planting 750 new trees, and it’s a lot less work.