Geothermal systems are a method of heating and cooling the interior of your building through the use of the earth's temperature operating in much the same way that a heat pump does, except with the soil beneath your building instead of the air outside of it. Due to this distinct method of operation, geothermal systems carry a number of unique benefits over other types of heating and cooling systems. Understanding some of the advantages associated with a geothermal system can help you decide whether a geothermal unit is the right fit for your home or business.
One of the largest advantages associated with geothermal heating and cooling systems is the fact that they are extremely reliable. Since they make use of the heat deep within the soil of the earth to draw heat from (or to pump heat into, if they are cooling your home), they are largely unaffected by temperature fluctuations outside of your house, making it easier for you to maintain a constant and reliable comfort level throughout the year.
Another advantage of geothermal heating and cooling systems is the fact that they require very little maintenance. In fact, the only maintenance that will need to be done is occasional vent and duct cleaning to remove built-up dust and other airborne allergens and contaminants, and the replacement of the air filter every few months to ensure that the system is still able to transport heat around your home efficiently and effectively.
Another major advantage associated with geothermal heating and cooling is the fact that the system does not make use of non-renewable resources, like heating oil and gas, to provide temperature control to your home. This can help you reduce the overall environmental impact of your home, and lead a greener and more sustainable lifestyle.
Low Operation Costs
Though installing a geothermal system may be expensive depending on the existing infrastructure in your area, the actual operating costs of a geothermal heating and cooling system are quite low. This is because the only electricity required to heat or cool your home is used to transport hot air through the system not to actually generate any sort of heat or coolness in your home since heat is either brought up from beneath the ground to increase your home's temperature or dumped there to reduce it. This can help save you money each month on your energy bills, helping to pay back the initial cost of installing a geothermal system.
Contact a residential heating contractor to learn more.