Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of retrofitting your present The Hudson Valley home’s HVAC system or still undecided about what to use in the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly available. Their relatively straightforward technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to provide your The Hudson Valley home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely cooperative – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too flowery? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the reward 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 pull of their “renewability,” devour 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 in the first place? No shocker there: most home lots in The Hudson Valley and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly meager]55] piece of real-estate. {{The good news is, 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 called for in any case, 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 incredibly quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, 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, engineered, and built to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of exceptional longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working perfectly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does in due course 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 kept down.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems require very little maintenance. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to last for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, shielded indoors from weather extremes, require only sporadic scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as effective in cooling as they are in heating. The old perception that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much put to pastureed by steady improvements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be configured to multitask. Okay, so you’ve decided you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Don’t fret. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal pros at Verdae Geothermal today. They’ll explain in detail the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your The Hudson Valley home.