Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of redoing your current West Chester home’s HVAC system or wondering what to put into the new home you’re having built for you:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly available. Their simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to furnish your West Chester home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a distinctive – and distinctively harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too flowery? 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 definition of “renewable energy technology.” Certainly, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use much of it for all the value you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer 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,” eat four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t dominate your yard. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No eye-opener there: most home lots in West Chester and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively You’ll be glad to know, however, that the polyethylene piping used for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run 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 component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform significantly quieter than ordinary 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 long-term heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working flawlessly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does in due course need repairing or replacing, you undoubtedly won’t be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be held to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to last for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, require only infrequent scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a coil cleaning once a year.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as powerful 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 laid to rested by steady advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be modified to multitask. Okay, so you’ve chosen to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home also? 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 when not subsidized by federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological improvements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of conventional heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal experts at Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning today. They’ll explain in detail the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your West Chester home.