Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is lacking, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re planning on redoing your present Kansas City home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to put into the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to furnish your Kansas City home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a singular – and singularly sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too showy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t subverting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the standards of “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the good you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power technologies. The truth of the matter is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t overwhelm your yard. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No revelation there: most home lots in Kansas City and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly compact the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and extended to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Almost no above-ground surface is needed at any rate, whether vertical, horizontal, open (well water), or pond loops are installed. Result? You can keep your little patch of paradise a whole lot greener.
  5. Geothermal HVAC systems are amazingly quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of extraordinary longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working perfectly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does by and by have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need very little maintenance. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to last for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, require only sporadic scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and an annual coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as beneficial in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been substantially put to pastureed by ongoing advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve decided on heating your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home too? And what if you have a swimming pool? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it concurrently, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of more orthodox heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal pros at ECS Geothermal, Inc today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Kansas City home.