Homeowners in Eastern Kentucky are becoming more and more conscious of their carbon footprint; they are also always on the lookout for ways to reduce their energy bills. A geothermal heating and cooling system is an increasingly popular way to achieve both objectives.
Geothermal heating and cooling takes advantage of the Earth’s constant temperature when transferring heat. In the winter, heat from the earth is pumped into your home; in the summer, heat from your home is pumped into the earth. An underground loop of liquid-filled pipes transfers the heat to and from the earth, and a heat pump transfers the heat between the pipes and your home.
Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Geothermal heating systems have a higher efficiency rating than conventional systems, because they transfer heat rather than burn a fuel to create heat. In cooling mode, because the ground temperature stays around 50 degrees, geothermal systems require less energy to operate than air-source heat pumps or conventional AC systems that use 70- or 80-degree outside air as the transfer medium. Geothermal heat pumps use clean, renewable solar energy, eliminate combustion and carbon monoxide emissions, are low maintenance, and are quieter than traditional systems because there is no noisy fan or compressor.
Proper Sizing is Crucial to Efficiency and Performance
The design and installation of a geothermal system is not a DIY project. The size of your ground loop and heat pump depends on your home’s heating and cooling demands; proper sizing is essential to ensure optimal efficiency and performance.
Other factors also affect your geothermal installation: soil type, home size, land availability, and configuration. Our technicians at Appalachian Refrigeration, Heating & Cooling have extensive experience in geothermal heating and cooling systems and will help you properly size your system.
A Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Offers Economic Payback
Geothermal heating and cooling costs about 40 percent more to install than a conventional heating and cooling system, but you will immediately begin saving between 40 percent and 60 percent on your energy bills. Depending on energy use, utility rates, and how energy efficient your home is, geothermal pays for itself after two to 10 years. Considering the typical lifespan of a geothermal system ranges from 18 years to 23 years, nearly double the life expectancy of a standard HVAC system, homeowners will have around two decades to enjoy low utility bills.
At Appalachian Refrigeration, Heating & Cooling, we offer flexible options to help our customers reap the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling. We can also advise you on any local, state and federal tax incentives and energy credits that may be available.
We can install geothermal heat pumps for new construction and in home retrofits. If you’re interested in learning more about whether a geothermal heating and cooling system will benefit your home, call one of our comfort specialists today.