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What is Geothermal Heating and Is It Right For You?

Are you looking for the greenest and most energy and cost efficient heating system? We’ve got the solution for you. Switching to geothermal heating can reduce your energy consumption and save you money every month, offsetting the installation costs.

It might feel very cold up here on the surface of the Earth, but down below temperatures can reach over 4000 degrees Celsius! It would be a shame to let all of this precious heat go to waste. Thankfully, there is technology available to harness the heat from the interior of our planet and bring it to the surface.

Geothermal translates directly to “earth heat.” A geothermal heat pump uses the constant temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home and provide hot water. Geothermal heating and cooling systems reduce energy consumption by transferring heat from the Earth rather than creating it. The energy is unlimited, a great sustainable energy source.

HOW GEOTHERMAL HEATING & COOLING WORKS:

A geothermal coil is installed in the ground and connected to the geothermal heat pumps. During winter, the heat pump pulls heat out of the ground and transports it to warm the air that is then circulated throughout your home. In the summer, the geothermal system works in reverse, pulling the heat out of your home’s air and into the ground.

Geothermal heat pumps utilize the constant temperature of the earth as their exchange medium, which is why they are able to achieve extremely high-energy efficiency ratings. According the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),a geothermal heat pump consumes up to 44% less energy than air-source heat pumps and up to 72% less than electric heating and air conditioning systems. Lower energy consumption translates to noticeable monthly savings!

Benefits of Geothermal HVAC:

  • Lower Operating Cost
  • Quiet Operation
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Clean & Safe
  • 15+ Year Life Span
  • Minimal Maintenance
  • Year-Round Comfort

Geothermal Heating is very flexible for installation and take up less total space than a conventional HVAC system.

Did you know?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Geothermal Technologies, nearly 40% of all U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide are the result of using energy to heat, cool, and provide hot water for buildings. What’s unsettling is that this is almost the same amount of carbon dioxide emitted by vehicles!If we were to compare a conventional heating or cooling system to a standard 3-ton residential geothermal system, the geothermal system would produce approximately one less pound of carbon dioxide for every hour of use.

Imagine this…

Over a period of twenty years, the carbon footprint would be equivalent to planting 120,000 acres of trees or converting over 58,000 cars to zero emission vehicles.

Is Geothermal right for you?

The answer is dependent on several factors. If you live in a suburb geothermal isn’t exactly ideal as it requires digging, drilling, and installing pipes. Additionally, the installation cost is more expensive and complex than a conventional heating or cooling system.

Since geothermal heating is so efficient, however, the state provides powerful incentives to help offset the cost of adding geothermal heating to your home. If you have any further questions, we’re here to help! We’ll find a solution that best fits your budget and needs.

Located in Champaign, IL, Cassel Home Comfort is your go-to source for all of your heating and cooling needs, including air quality control.If you need help detecting air leaks and other sources of inefficiencies in your home, call your home comfort experts at (217) 866-1596 for yourFREE Whole Home Inspection and Analysis.

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