You can now save up to 30% off the total cost of installation with a federal tax credit! Not only do you get to save money on your energy bill each month, but you also get big savings off the cost of a new system installation. GO GREEN!
What is a Geothermal Heat Pump?
A geothermal heat pump is a central heating and/or cooling system that pumps heat to or from the ground. It is similar to an ordinary heat pump, but instead of using heat from the outside air, it relies on the stable, even heat of the earth to provide the heating, air conditioning, and even hot water.
So how does this work?
A few feet below the earth’s surface, the temperature stays a relatively constant temperature year round. During the winter, it moves the heat from the earth into your home to provide heat. During the summer, it pulls the heat from your home and discharges it into the ground leaving your home cooler.
Studies show about 70 percent of the energy used in a geothermal heat pump system is renewable energy. The geothermal heat pump is one of the most efficient, comfortable, and quiet heating and cooling systems available today. Installation can be costly, but it can produce 30 to 40 percent lower energy bills. Because the system is in the ground, maintenance costs are often much lower as well. The underground piping used in the system is often guaranteed to last 25 to 50 years and is virtually worry free.
As an added benefit, systems can also be equipped with something called a “desuperheater” that heats household water, which circulates into the regular water heater tank. In summer, the heat that is taken from the house to air condition it, is then expelled into the loop used to heat the water and the cost is free. During winter, this device can reduce water-heating costs by half. In the spring and fall when temperatures are mild and the pump is not being used at all, the regular water heater provides the hot water.
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