How Do I Determine Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Tennessee Valley Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopIf there’s anybody around who still hasn’t heard about the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling, you might very well inquire if they’ve been living underground. Of course, if they had, they’d probably miss the irony of your question, since the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

Anymore, though, most Tennessee Valley homeowners understand at least something about the rewards of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are mulling one over, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their existing system or as the system they install in that new home they’ll soon have under construction.

Thinking about switching to geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are attractive:

  • Replacing your old-fashioned HVAC system with a geothermal one could help you lower your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are remarkably energy efficient. That, along with the fact that they don’t fight the environment, but work with it, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems around.
  • With the options geothermal systems offer – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, to begin with – you have a better chance of insuring that the system you pick is the most efficient and effective for your Tennessee Valley home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are designed, engineered, built, and installed for generations of faithful service. The fact that they have fewer parts, require less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be installed indoors, out of the weather, makes a major difference.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be installed any time of the year. The weather and the temperature are no handicap, and no extra fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Almost no yard space is required for a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is necessary is unobtrusive; your home and landscaping won’t be deprived of the “curb appeal” you strive to maintain.
  • As if all this weren’t incentive enough, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming increasingly budget-friendly – even lacking, as we do at the moment, federal tax credits and rebates. Refinements in system design and manufacturing processes as well as increased competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
Still, as attractive as all this is, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a significant investment. Whether or not it’s the most appropriate investment for you is determined not only by your budget but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the existing ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you decide to replace or retrofit your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, talk with the experts at Southern Solar Systems. We can help you make the right choice – and provide you with the optimal geothermal heating and cooling solution for your Tennessee Valley home.