How to Harness Geothermal Energy

WA Air Conditioning is pleased to offer customers geothermal air conditioning options in addition to our standard HVAC systems. You are not alone if you are wondering “What is geothermal energy?” It is a complex process that can best be described as the process of transferring heat from the earth or a body of water into your home. During warm weather, the heat is transformed into cool air to produce an air conditioning effect.

How We Install Geothermal HVAC Systems

While air temperatures vary considerably by climate, the temperature below the ground remains fairly constant regardless of location. Geothermal heat pumps harness this warm air and pipe it into your home. When you are ready to have a geothermal heat pump installed, our service technicians dig a hole on your property that is six to eight feet deep. We consider availability of ground or surface water, the composition of your rock and soil and the layout of your land before installing a geothermal heat pump. Unfortunately, not every home in Riverside, TX, is a good candidate for this highly efficient method of heating and cooling.

The Many Benefits of Installing a Geothermal Heat Pump

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) released a report in June 2012 stating that homeowners can save 25 to 50 percent on energy costs when upgrading from a conventional HVAC system. The report further states that homes with geothermal heating experience 50 percent less humidity than homes without it. The other major benefit is that these systems last significantly longer than the average HVAC unit. The heat pump itself has a life expectancy of 20 years while the underground piping can last up to 50 years.

The upfront cost of installing a geothermal heat pump is a drawback for some homeowners. However, we recommend that you look at the long-term picture before ruling it out. Gather your monthly energy bills to see how much you spend in a year. Once you have calculated that, you should be able to determine how long it will take you to recoup the money you spent on having the geothermal heat pump installed. Keep in mind that you can factor in energy bills that are up to half as much as you are paying now.

Financing and Caring for Your New Geothermal Heat Pump

In partnership with GE Capital, WA Air Conditioning offers several financing options to help you manage the upfront cost of installing geothermal heating. Homeowners tell us they appreciate the convenience of a home projects account because it keeps their other lines of credit open and doesn’t disrupt their cash flow.

Like all types of heating and cooling systems, your geothermal heat pump may need occasional maintenance. When your unit needs repair, we send a service technician to your home who is certified by the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program. Call us for all of your geothermal and HVAC needs.

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August 9, 2013 5:06 pm