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Geothermal Options

Geothermal technology offers the most energy efficient way to heat and cool your home, saving up to 70% on you energy bills for heating, cooling and hot water.

How Geothermal Works

Geothermal, also called ground source, energy uses the consistent temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home through the use of water and refrigerant. Heat is absorbed from the earth or expelled to the earth and transferred into your home. The system is considered sustainable, requiring no venting and the lowest emissions and operating costs of any heating and cooling options available.

Commonly Installed Systems Comparison

Vertical Ground Loop System

  • Vertical ground loop systems offer an effective and consistent solution for heating and cooling your home.
  • Installation is less disruptive to lawns and landscaping than a horizontal system.

Horizontal Ground Loop System

  • ┬áHorizontal ground loop systems are often less expensive to install than the vertical system.
  • Installation tends be more disruptive to lawn and landscaping when installed.
  • The system may be less consistent in extreme weather conditions.

Common Concerns

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Will installation ruin my yard?

Vertical loop installations typically require one well per ton, in the area the well is installed the lawn surface will be disrupted. The size of the area depends on the tonnage. This area of the lawn may require landscaping. A horizontal loop system will require estensive landscaping to repair the lawn.

Can I use geothermal in an existing home?

Yes you can! Though you may consider replacing your current ductwork. The maximum benefit from a geothermal system is acheieved when paired with the proper size ductwork for your choosen ground source system. If ductwork replacement is not an option then the full effiency of the geothermal system may not be reached. It will still give added value in energy savings, but the payback may not be as quick.

Is the expense worth it?

Costs of geothermal systems can be reduced to a cost effective amount with the assistance of federal government and local electric cooperative rebates. Payback depends upon your home and the system you choose to install. Return on investment varies but is typically well within the life of the system.

What kinds of rebates are available?

For information about federal government rebates visit: Energystar.org
Contact your local electric energy provider for local rebates and requirements.

Do geothermal units maintain the same level of comfort as a gas furnace?

Yes. Geothermal systems maintain the same level of heat as a properly sized gas furnace.