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Geothermal Heating: Why and How

by Kuhrich on Thursday, September 4, 2014

People are always looking for the “next big thing” as far as their heating and energy costs are concerned, but the next big thing may in fact be the real deal! We’re talking, of course, about geothermal heating. Geothermal heating is, in fact, one of the most efficient residential heating and cooling systems that you can purchase on the open market. The system has been shown to have a 50 to 70% greater efficiency than other heating systems, while its cooling system’s efficiency is 20 to 40% greater than your run-of-the-mill air conditioner. For you, the end-user, this means greater savings on your utility bills.

The System Works

The system works as a combination heating/cooling and hot water heating system, allowing it to perform both heating and cooling functions for you. Using your thermostat, you can change from one mode to another; some systems also allow you to pre-heat your water, which over time will save you a considerable amount of money.

This can be done by using what is known as “waste heat” to heat water. When your system is in cooling mode during the summer, your hot water is produced without charge to you as a simple byproduct of the geothermal process. Meanwhile, in winter, with the heating mode, some of your water can be heated.

Why Not Go For It?

When choosing to install a “newfangled” technology, one often worries that it will take up a considerable amount of space, that it will cost quite a bit upfront, or that it will break or go inactive or inefficient soon after installation, thereby costing you even MORE money down the line. Geothermal heating, however, is a proven process, and one that requires very little space indeed. In fact, you should only need the space that a traditional heating and cooling unit would require.

Your system should last well into the multi-decade warranty that most systems come with, so great is the confidence of manufacturers. The unit itself is something that nearly all owners are greatly pleased with; not only is it effective, efficient, and does not take up much space, but it also is very quiet. If you value a peaceful and quiet home, then this is the heating method for you.

Some have expressed safety concerns, but with no outdoor equipment, there’s no risk to pets or children, and with no open flame or flammable fuel, it is in fact safer than the dangerous storage tanks most homes have to use! Indeed, this is an ideal method of safely and efficiently heating and cooling your home; why not go for it?

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com