Geothermal: An Alternative to Your Traditional Heating and Cooling System

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Energy Independence Take Two…

We talked in an earlier blog about how to improve your energy independence.  In that article we discussed what to consider when deciding if solar energy is right for you.  Also in that article, we promised to provide you with more “green” or “sustainable” products, so here we go…

When you’re sitting in your office or even in your home, how often can you hear the HVAC system turn on or off?  Have you imagined what it would sound like without that humming noise droning in the background? Well, that is what it would sound like if you had a geothermal heating and cooling system.  Not only is geothermal quiet, but it also puts you one step closer to energy independence.

Geothermal systems use clean, renewable energy.  There is zero onsite combustion, zero emissions of carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide.  There is no fan that runs outside for your neighbors to hear or large heating unit inside for you to hear.  Geothermal heating and cooling systems are mostly underground.  If you have a small lot or concerned about space, don’t be.  The underground system can be positioned vertically or horizontally into the earth surface, to fit your needs.

Geothermal uses a series of underground pipes, a loop system, to heat and cool your home or office. The underground loop system absorbs the heat from the ground and transfers it to a heat pump located inside your office building or house.  The heat pump transports the warm air into your home or office.  In the summer, the system reverses, removing the heat from your office or home and returning it to the geothermal heat loop system.  Once the warm air is absorbed by the cooler earth surface, the underground loop system transports the cool air into your home or office.  Since underground temperature remains consistent, geothermal systems work efficiently to heat and cool your space in both the summer and winter.

Whether you’re considering renovating or constructing a new home or commercial building, installing a geothermal system might be beneficial for you.  Your Initial investment in a geothermal heating and cooling system is known to cost more than a traditional HVAC unit, however, there are often tax credits available to assist with these fees.  Depending on your needs, the long-term benefits and energy savings might out-weigh the costs.

More and more residents and business owners are choosing “green” or “sustainable” products.  A.R. Brouwer Company recently renovated an office building and installed a geothermal heating and cooling system for Valicor, a company that is committed to enviornmental sustainability.  You must evaluate your energy goals to determine if the financial investment for alternative energy is worthwhile.  If geothermal is not right for you, there are other alternative energy systems that might be a good fit, such as solar electric energy.

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