Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is limited, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re considering retrofitting your current Martinsburg home’s HVAC system or still don’t know how best to heat and cool the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their relatively uncomplicated technology channels subterranean temperatures to provide your Martinsburg home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a singular – and singularly sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too grandiose? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems qualify as “renewable energy technology.” True, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport up to 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. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure of their “renewability,” eat four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require as much of your yard as you might think. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Martinsburg and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively restricted the polyethylene piping used for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any above-ground surface is called for 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 element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More impressive still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working flawlessly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does eventually have to be repaired or replaced, you won’t likely be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems require almost no maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to endure 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 an infrequent inspection as well as periodic filter changes and an annual coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as beneficial in cooling as they are in heating. The old perception 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 configured to multitask. Okay, so you’ve determined you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more run-of-the-mill heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal experts at Bragg Mechanical and Geothermal Services today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Martinsburg home.