Take Advantage of the Earth’s Warmth
Many homeowners find investing in geothermal systems for their heating and cooling an easy and comfortable first step in utilizing renewable energy. While sustaining a constant ground temperature you have the opportunity to take advantage of this practical resource.
How it Works
Drawing from the steady 55 degree temperature available below the earth’s surface, a geothermal system uses that ambient level and brings it up from beneath the ground beside (for existing homes) or below (for some new construction) your home and then your indoor unit only has to raise or lower the temperature of your home a few degrees from the ground temperature, depending on your preference.
Free hot water is available while this system is running. A desuperheater is included with the geothermal heat pump system for water heating. This system uses super heated gases from the heat pump’s compressor to heat the water. The hot water is then distributed through the pipe that is connected to the home’s storage water heater tank. This allows the system to be two to three times more efficient than conventional water heating installations.
In most of these installations, the water heater is fueled in this way about 94% of the time. Electrical or gas elements can be used to back-up the system.
Rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as being the most efficient alternative energy method for heating and cooling, geothermal systems rely solely on the constant temperature of the earth (55 degrees) as a baseline for heating and cooling homes. That baseline is ideal in our region. This solution can replace the furnace, air conditioner and hot water heater.
Across the board, Americans are spending approximately 66% of their energy bill for hot water, heating, and cooling, these are the #1 and #2 drains on energy usage. On average, after implementing a geothermal system, homeowners’ can reduce their bills by 40-70%; propane users see a typical 60% savings. A geothermal heat pump is capable of returning up to $5 of heat for every $1 spent on electricity.
Homeowners’ can expect to recoup their investment in as little as five years and save on their utility bills for years to come. In addition to rebate programs offered by electric companies, the following are incentives offered to residents who incorporate geothermal solutions:
- Up to a 30% income tax credit on your federal taxes
- Duke Energy Smart Savers program – $200 for Ohio residents
- Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance – up to $500.00 credit
Once our professionals have evaluated your home site, we’ll create a geothermal project plan specific to your needs. For homeowners’, geothermal heat pumps are generally installed next to their home and will exist above ground. Geothermal heating and cooling systems affixed to the unit runs underground. Talk to us to learn if a geothermal solution is right for your home.