Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is limited, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re considering redoing your current Utah home’s HVAC system or wondering how best to heat and cool the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their relatively straightforward technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to provide your Utah home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a singular – and singularly cooperative – 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 meet the definition of “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use much of it for all the good you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power technologies. The truth is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the appeal of their “renewability,” consume 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 revelation there: most home lots in Utah and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively meager]55] piece of real-estate. {{The good news is, the polyethylene piping required 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. Hardly any 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 component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More reassuring still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working flawlessly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does ultimately need repairing or replacing, 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 require very little maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to hold up for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, shielded indoors from weather extremes, require only occasional scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a yearly 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 pretty much laid to rested by steady enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve chosen to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home also? 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 concurrently, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly 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 expired December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and rising 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 Utah Geothermal today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the right decision for your Utah home.