Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is next to nil, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re considering upgrading your current Tennessee Valley home’s HVAC system or still don’t know what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their relatively simple technology channels subterranean temperatures to supply your Tennessee Valley 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 bit too showy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t upending the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems pass muster as “renewable energy technology.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the benefit you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are considerably more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the chachet of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t overwhelm your yard. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No shocker there: most home lots in Tennessee Valley and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively compact the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Almost no above-ground surface is necessary at any rate, 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 amazingly quiet. Every part of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform much quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More comforting still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working impeccably for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does in due course need repairing or replacing, you undoubtedly won’t be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems require only simple and infrequent maintenance. 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 infrequent 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 substantially laid to rested by ongoing refinements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, 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 fret. 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 in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of conventional heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal experts at Southern Solar Systems today. They’ll explain in detail the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Tennessee Valley home.