Owning a home is one of the most liberating stages of a person’s life. You are able to paint the walls, hang up pictures, and turn your music up without your downstairs neighbors banging on your floor. Even though there are so many positives, there are still some downsides. On average homeowners can spend around $9,000 on their homes, with a large majority of that going towards home improvements. Normally when you think of home improvements, you don’t think of upgrading your HVAC system. However, many savvy homeowners end up switching to a geothermal system as part of their home improvements. Why is that a popular idea? We are here to show you the benefits of switching to a geothermal heating and cooling system.
When it comes to the world of HVAC systems, geothermal systems are a part of the “set it and forget it” type. Geothermal systems have fewer moving parts than most other types of HVAC systems. Without these moving parts, the systems are usually quieter than usual systems, which means they can be kept indoors. Having a geothermal system indoors protects it from snow, rain, weeds, grass clippings, and common damage that can occur when a system is kept outside.
Having fewer issues allows these systems to have a longer lifespan than most HVAC systems. They are typically 92% longer-lasting, normally around the 25–26-year mark, which is very different from traditional HVAC’s. A longer life span means you will have to have fewer visits from repairmen and fewer overall system replacements
Short-Term Costs and the Long-Term Rewards
The initial costs for a geothermal system include the heat pump, and the ground loop system. Prices can differ based on the size of your system, the type of look needed, how well insulated your home is, and more. After you receive a quote, it’s not unusual to think the investment seems scary. However, when you do a little research, you can see the rewards outweigh the costs.
The immediate cost savings with be any local and federal incentives that homeowners receive for installing these eco-friendly systems. Every area has different incentives, so it is best to look it up for your specific area. However, if your area doesn’t have the “best” financial incentives, your geothermal system pays for itself in a short amount of time. These heat pump systems can pay their initial investment in as little as two years. This is because it causes a significant reduction in your utility bills, which all depends on soil composition, climate, and the specific system you chose.
Energy is Readily Available
One of the best things about a geothermal system is that the source of the entire system is easily accessible. Traditional methods of home temperature included relying on combustibles like oil, natural gas, or propane. These sources are in a volatile market and the prices tend to fluctuate severely. With geothermal, the system’s only grid reliance is a small amount of electricity to let the unit run. It draws all of its energy from the solar energy that is trapped inside of the earth’s surface. The sun is by far the most dependable energy source on the market, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. It shows up every day and gives 4-6 feet of soil underground heat, approximately 55 degrees. This allows for geothermal system owners to see a constant energy bill year after year.
Geothermal systems are known for reducing the carbon footprint of homeowners. If you want to learn more about this type of heating and cooling system, contact us at Neuhaus Heating and Cooling.