There’s an ideal way to heat or cool your home that is highly energy efficient and great for the environment. That innovative idea uses geothermal heat pumps, and many heating and cooling contractors have started to offer it as a more efficient, economical option to traditional HVAC systems.

How It Works

Beneath the surface, ground temperatures are constant year-round, as opposed to above ground, where they fluctuate. Geothermal systems use buried pipes filled with liquid to move air between the earth and your home. This system of pipes is called an earth loop. Geothermal systems rely on electricity to power the fan, compressor, and pump and are extremely energy-efficient systems.

Long-Term Savings

The overall initial purchase and installation costs of geothermal systems are somewhat pricey. However, the federal government offers a tax credit on expenditures related to the investment including purchase, labor, and other installation costs.

Since geothermal units are more efficient, they represent a lower portion of energy costs than traditional systems. In addition, they are more durable and require less repair work, parts, and maintenance. The system is only comprised of the underground section and the indoor air handler. The underground section is not likely to need servicing, and the indoor air handler is protected from outdoor elements. Also, because it is a highly-efficient system there is less wear and tear. Fewer maintenance calls mean even more savings.

Environmentally Friendly

Unlike other forms of heating and cooling, a geothermal system emits no harmful pollutants. Instead, geothermal systems work hand-in-hand with nature to make your home comfortable. They also often use underground aquifers that recycle the same water. If you are concerned about your carbon footprint, and minimizing waste, geothermal heating and cooling is a great choice.

When it comes to installing a geothermal system make sure your contractor is fully knowledgeable about the installation and maintenance of these systems. Contact Gentry Heating, Inc. at 828-581-4045 for more information about geothermal heating and cooling for your home.

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