Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re looking into upgrading your current Grand Forks - Fargo Area home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to use in the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly available. Their simple technology channels subterranean temperatures to supply your Grand Forks - Fargo Area home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a singular – and singularly cordial – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too grandiose? 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.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use 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 significantly more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. In general, solar and wind technologies, whatever the appeal 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 anyway? No shocker there: most home lots in Grand Forks - Fargo Area and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly You’ll be glad to know, however, that 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. Almost no 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 aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More reassuring still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working impeccably for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does ultimately have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept down.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t demand much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to hold up for generations, and when correctly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, shielded indoors from weather extremes, need only occasional scrutiny 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 notion that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially discredited by ongoing 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 too? And what if you have a swimming pool? Don’t worry. 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 without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal specialists at Ambient Geothermal 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 Grand Forks - Fargo Area home.