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Geothermal Systems: Can They Efficiently Cool Your Home?

by Kuhrich on Monday, May 4, 2015

How to Efficiently Cool Your Home

Coming out of a harsh winter, you may be thankful that you can finally enjoy the warm weather, bright sun, and clear skies of spring and summer, but there is always a cost to any change, and that goes for the seasons as well. Oh, how quickly we can forget that summer has the potential to be just as extreme in its temperatures and weather as winter! Yes, in extreme heat people can experience illness and even death, which is why we place such a premium on air conditioning and various ways to cool one’s home. Of course, that’s a process that can become considerably expensive. Thankfully, your options for energy sources are not limited to the traditional, expensive electricity offered locally.

An Economic and Moral Choice

Once an idea reserved for unique situations, geothermal cooling has become a viable alternative for many homeowners seeking a cost-efficient way to cool their homes in the summer. Certainly we know that geothermal heating can be used to keep you warm in the winter – but what about the potential for cooling? Well, as it turns out, there are many advantages to pursuing this form of cooling, ranging from the moral to the economic.

First, consider that geothermal systems use minimal amounts of energy to cool or heat a building, and that the energy removed from the electrical grid is considerably less than even those other, perhaps more widely-known systems, such as solar and wind power. Indeed, those systems share many problems, including the problem of space – while geothermal cooling requires little in the way of above-ground surface space, requiring only a few square feet to be optimally functional.

Cost and Efficiency

As an added bonus for the efficiency of geothermal heating and cooling systems, the government often offers incentives both at the federal and local levels for those homeowners considering moving to geothermal systems. Indeed, depending on your location somewhere between thirty and even sixty percent of the cost of the system can be absorbed by your government. When you combine these incentives – which themselves are in place to decrease the stress put on the electrical grid while also protecting our environment – with the fact of less energy consumption for as long as you use geothermal energy, it isn’t hard to see how cost-effective geothermal systems really are!

+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