Homeowners in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas know that the summers can get pretty hot and the winters can get really cold. This change in temperature levels between the seasons can cause you to pay more money than necessary to keep your home comfortable. However, geothermal heating and cooling systems can provide you with a solution to that problem. They are far more efficient than traditional air conditioners and will help you cut the cost of your utility bills through energy savings.
There are four different kinds of geothermal heating and cooling systems. They are:
- Closed Loop System (Horizontal): These units utilize a trench about four feet deep so that it sits under the frost line. Great options if you’re on a budget.
- Closed Loop System (Vertical): Most often used in commercial settings. These are the most efficient options when the area is too shallow to dig a ditch.
- Closed Loop System (Pond/Lake): Best option when there is a big enough body of water close by. This is also the least expensive option available, but it is not often used due to inaccessibility.
- Open Loop System: These systems utilize you well water to function.
Unlike standard heat pumps, geothermal heating and cooling systems use the ground to heat and cool your home. These units consume energy 45 percent more efficiently than traditional heating and cooling systems. Because of their efficiency, the government will give a 30 percent tax credit for any homeowners who install new, qualified geothermal heating and cooling systems into their homes.
The 30 percent tax credit that is currently offered takes care of a portion of the price of the unit and installation/labor costs. However, the tax credit eligibility regulations are subject to change. Geothermal heating and cooling units must abide by the government regulations that are in place when the system is purchased.
Although geothermal systems can be expensive, they will easily pay for themselves over the long run through energy savings. The experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing are trained to give you the assistance you need in order to select the proper heating and air conditioning system for your home. For further information, please contact ustoday.
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