Ground source and water source geothermal heat pumps both extract free heat energy from the earth in winter and disperse it back to the earth during summer. However, each derives that heat from a different place.
If you’ve been considering replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heat pump (GHP), 2016 may be the most advantageous time to do so. The Recovery Act of 2009 made tax credits available for homeowners who install exceptionally efficient HVAC and solar equipment. While some of provisions for high efficiency equipment have expired, the credits are still available for GHPs and solar systems that end in 2016.
Your geothermal heat pump will take care of you year-round, offering cost-effective heating and cooling without huge maintenance demands. But a little bit of maintenance is a must for any mechanical system. Here’s what maintaining a geothermal system in Grand Traverse County looks like.
Over the long term, a geothermal heat pump system could be the answer to high energy bills that result from heating and cooling your home. A geothermal heat pump (GHP) is one of the most environmentally friendly and dependable ways to keep your home comfortable year-round, since they use so little energy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 established a 30 percent tax credit for homeowners who install a qualifying GHP before the end of 2016.
Geothermal heat pumps exchange heat energy between your home and the earth, and they are the most efficient and long-lasting heat pump systems available. While sufficient land or water source is required, perhaps the most significant obstacle to installing a geothermal system has been the cost.
A lesser-known HVAC system option is geothermal heating and cooling system. Instead of transferring heat to and from the air outside your home like other HVAC systems do, geothermal systems actually exchange heat with the ground beneath your home. However, there are many geothermal myths that scare homeowners away from this option.
A geothermal heat pump is one of the most trouble-free ways to stay cozy through Northern Michigan’s snowy winters and keep cool on the warmest summer days. Even with proper geothermal heat pump maintenance, though, sometimes things go wrong. When that happens, a little troubleshooting can help you get your system running again. Most of the following tips will apply to issues with any heat pump system, not just geothermal.
If you’re considering a geothermal retrofit in your Grand Traverse County home, there are some important things that you should consider. Access to the site, whether the ductwork and electrical system are adequate enough to fit the needs of the geothermal system and the effect the retrofit will have on other site services are all areas to consider.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are gaining popularity throughout the United States for their free, renewable energy. If you’re thinking about making the switch, understanding how it works — and how much you can save — might just be the determining factor to give the project the green light.
With all of the concerns about energy costs, oil and gas supplies, global warming and other environmental effects, renewable energy is currently a hot topic. Renewable energy sources, such as geothermal and solar heating and cooling, provide the ultimate solution: They are free, limitless and completely safe for the environment.