Understanding the Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Most homeowners agree that aside from their mortgage, heating and cooling is one of their largest expenses. Not only are traditional heating and cooling methods expensive, but some have potentially damaging effects on the environment. Smart homeowners are looking at cost efficient alternatives to climate control in their homes. It’s during the search that many are introduced to geothermal heating and cooling.

What is Geothermal HVAC?

It’s estimated the ground absorbs about half of the solar energy we receive from the sun. This is important for maintaining a constant moderate temperature below the earth’s surface. However, up above ground, we’re dealing with completely different issues.

As seasons change they bring drastic fluctuations in the air temperature. Unfortunately, our homes don’t naturally come with the same climate control features as the earth. Instead, we need to find ways to accommodate for the blazing heat of summer and the deep, frigid chill of winter months. Our traditional methods of doing this have involved excessive energy usage and the consumption of fossil fuels.

What if it were possible to tap into the incredibly efficient way that our planet maintains it’s moderate underground temperature? Enter geothermal heating and cooling.

Geothermal heating and cooling accesses the stable underground temperature using a unique piping system, or “loop”. Water is circulated through the underground loop and exchanges heat between the earth, the ground source pump and your home. The result is climate control that naturally warms your home in the winter and cools it in the summer.

The Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

It sounds ideal, but that doesn’t really mean much without understanding what the real benefits of a geothermal HVAC system are. To help you better understand the advantages, here are the top 5 benefits geothermal heating and cooling systems.

  • Top Level Efficiency: According to the EPA, geothermal HVAC is one of the most energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Approximately 70% of the energy used by a geothermal system is sourced from renewable ground energy. On average, geothermal systems are 75% more effective than gas furnaces and 43% more efficient when in cooling mode.
  • Environmental Friendliness: Geothermal systems are arguably the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool a home. Unlike other systems, they don’t emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gases that pose a risk to the environment.
  • They’re Quiet: We’re all familiar with the roar of a furnace or the constant hum of a cooling system. While noise is usually considered a minor inconvenience for comfort, there’s no avoiding the fact that sometimes the noise is distracting. Geothermal systems are quiet, typically making no more noise than a refrigerator.
  • Less Risk of Damage: Since geothermal systems are located underground, there’s less risk of wear and tear from exposure to the elements, as well as damage caused by human accident and vandalism.
  • Cost Effective: Geothermal HVAC systems reduce your overall heating and cooling costs. Plus, they have a longer life cycle, typically doubling the average life expectancy of a new furnace.

Are you interested in learning more about geothermal heating and cooling? We’d love to answer your questions. If conventional air conditioning and furnace systems are more your style, we can accommodate those needs as well. We sell, install, maintain and repair all makes and models of air conditioning and heating systems. Contact Hearthstone Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more.

  1. My uncle has been thinking about getting some heat pumps for his geothermal system to keep his home warm. He would really like to get supplies from a professional in order to be a lot safer. I liked what you said about how his home can be more environmentally friendly.

  2. Thanks for the info about geothermal heating. My parents are interested in geothermal heating. I’ll share this info with them later this week.

  3. I appreciated it when you shared that it is important to maintain a constant moderate temperature below the earth’s surface. This can be done by installing a heating system that suits your home. I would like to think if a homeowner needs a heating system, he should consider hiring a reliable service that can help install and maintain it regularly.

  4. I love how you mentioned that geothermal heating and cooling systems are highly beneficial because they have a lower risk of damage since they are located underground. Winter is just around the corner and my husband and I are considering upgrading our heating system to geothermal system. I will look for geothermal specialists to install geothermal heating system in our home because it has a lower risk of damaging.

  5. I wanted to thank you for your explanation on why geothermal systems are extremely environment-friendly. Using appliances that don’t burn fuel or use toxic chemicals has always been something that I wanted to keep up in my life. Being environment-friendly is important not to just me, but to everyone in my family, so I’ll inform them about geothermal systems and what they can do so everyone can find an HVAC contractor that can help them install one.

  6. Wow, it really stood out to me when you explained that geothermal systems are 75% than furnaces that use gas. Do you need to live near a geothermal plant or heat source in order to have it installed? I’m interested in saving some money by changing to a geothermal system, and it might be a good idea for me to get everything completed before winter comes around.

  7. That’s way cool that geothermal methods are cost-effective. I just moved into a new house this year that needs an HVAC system. We’ll have to look into geothermal further.

  8. It’s good that you point out that geothermal HVAC systems are very friendly toward the environment. I want to do my part to help save the planet, so I am considering making use of a geothermal system for my heating and cooling needs. I’m going to look for a good provider of geothermal contracting services in my area.

  9. That is interesting that you can tap into the planet’s underground temperature. That sounds like something I would want to have if I were getting a new heating and air conditioning. This is something that I would want to look into getting sometime soon.

  10. Something that I hate about our current furnace is that it is so loud when it is heating. If a geothermal system is quiet and makes no more noise than a refrigerator then I would love to switch. I am all about the quietness in my house because it brings in peace.

  11. I loved it when you pointed out that geothermal heating systems are the most environmentally friendly because they do not release dangerous greenhouse gasses. If that is the case, then I might as well give that a try in my new home. After all, I have decided that we will live a healthier life for my son who has a weak immune system. Somehow, I have a feeling that if we consider a geothermal system, he will be a lot safer in the place he lives in.

  12. I really liked what you said about how geothermal systems are quieter than other systems. I need to replace my swamp cooler and I really want something I don’t have to shout over. Thank you for the information about how these systems aren’t so distracting and usually make no more noise than a refrigerator.

  13. I didn’t know that geothermal heating and cooling would help with keeping the temperature stable, like you said. That would be nice to get for my house. I live in an area where the temperature can fluctuate a lot.

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