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Geothermal Solutions

We create valuable connections to renewable energy sources by installing Geothermal systems that use free renewable energy found in the ground to heat and cool your home, Schools, commercial businesses and Government Facilities.

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Our NGWA Master Well Drillers and IGSHPA accredited Geothermal installers are passionate about connecting you to your own renewable energy resource.  It’s available, right beneath your feet, with a Geothermal System!   

The Reliable Renewable:  Did you know you have one of the best, always on, renewable energy sources available right underneath your feet in your own backyard? 

Everyday, all over the earth, the ground is taking solar energy from the sun and transferring the energy down into the ground.

ground beneath the earth consistent temperature

Regardless of the temperature outside, the ground beneath the earth stays at a constant 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. 

how geothermal heating works

A geothermal system taps into this source to heat and cool your home with geothermal ground loops that transfer heat to and from the ground depending on the season, instead of the outside air, into your home. 

How Does a Geothermal System Work?

A geothermal heating and cooling system taps into the constant temperature below the earth and transfers heat between your house and the earth using fluid circulated through long loops of underground pipe, called geothermal loops.  Super efficient geothermal heat pumps provide clean, quiet heating and cooling while cutting utility bills by up to 70 percent. 

All conventional heat pump systems including Geothermal heat pumps function the same in principle by using high pressure refrigerant to capture and move heat between indoors and out to heat and cool your home.  The difference is the Geothermal heat pump’s ‘out’ it is using to transfer heat to and from, is the constant 60 degrees or so of the ground temperature, no matter how cold or hot it gets outside.  The ‘out’ for a conventional system is the current outside air temperature.  To cool your house in the summer, conventional systems have to 

transfer heat from the inside air to the hotter outdoor air which is much harder to do and less efficient the hotter it gets outside.  On the contrary, a Geothermal System transfers heat from inside the home into the cooler 60 degree ground, easily cooling your home in the summer regardless of the temperature outside.     

In the winter, the process is reversed and heat is transferred from the outside into the home.  That means your conventional system is struggling to pull heat out of the freezing 15 degree outside cold air, while the geothermal heat pump is pulling heat from the warmer 60 degree temperature of the ground to easily heat your home, much more efficient!      

geothermal horizontal ground loop design

So while a conventional air source heat pump struggles to scavenge heat from freezing winter air or to dump heat into the outside summer swelter, it’s ground source counterpart has the much easier job of extracting and disbursing heat by circulating through it’s 60 degree geothermal loop. 

That's why it takes only one kilowatt-hour of electricity for a geothermal heat pump to produce nearly 12,000 Btu of cooling or heating. (To produce the same number of Btus, a standard heat pump on a 95-degree day consumes 2.2 kilowatt-hours.) Geothermal systems are much more efficient than the top-rated air conditioners AND the best gas furnaces all year round.  1 unit of gas burned = 0.96 units of heat VS 1 unit of electricity = 5 Units of Heat with a geothermal system.

Geothermal is Environmentally Friendly

According to the EPA, Geothermal Systems are the greenest, most efficient, most cost effective heating and cooling system available. It uses the free renewable energy stored in your backyard with geothermal ground loops rather than burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, or propane for heat.  This makes it much safer, with no flammability or worry of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Also because the ground loops are working off of the constant temperature of the ground of around 60 degrees year round, the geothermal system is not having to transfer heat from the inside air to the already hot outside air in the summer to cool, or extract heat from the freezing outside air in the winter to heat like a conventional system, making it much more efficient than conventional systems. 

The comparatively easy job of extracting and disbursing heat through the 55-60 degree liquid circulating in the geothermal loops is why it takes only one kilowatt-hour of electricity for a geothermal heat pump to produce nearly 12,000 Btu of cooling or heating. (To produce the same number of Btus, a standard heat pump on a 95-degree day consumes 2.2 kilowatt-hours.)  Geothermal Systems are much more efficient than the top-rated air conditioners AND the best gas furnaces all year round.  1 unit of gas burned = 0.96 units of heat VS 1 unit of electricity = 5 Units of Heat with a Geothermal system.

 

Traditional furnaces generate less than one unit of heat for every unit of fuel burned.  Compare that to a geothermal system, which doesn’t create heat.  It simply collects it from the ground and moves it into your home.  Because of this, a Geothermal system can move up to five units of heat for every unit of electricity used to power the compressor, fan, and loop pump. 

save electricity with geothermal

Geothermal systems are ranked number one in energy efficiency because they deliver more than five units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used.  The math is simple when you compare that to even the best ordinary system that delivers less than one unit of energy for every unit it consumes. 

Geothermal systems provide up to 70% energy and cost savings.  In fact, Geothermal systems are so energy efficient and green, installing one in your home is the equivalent to planting 750 trees.

Geothermal systems are the most reliable and longest lasting systems available, lasting much longer than a conventional system and with far less components and maintenance required.  There is only one single component that is heating and cooling your home and is sheltered inside a building so the systems are durable and highly reliable, versus a conventional system that requires at least two completely separate systems heating and cooling your home with outside compressors. 

A geothermal heat pump lasts 20-25 years or more with the ground loops lasting well over 50 years, and carrying a 50 year warranty.   Conventional systems typically last between 12-16 years.

Geothermal Systems are considered the Storm Proof System.  With the heat pump component located inside your home, and the ground loops safe underground, you don’t have to worry about damage from storms, or corrosive breakdown from being in the elements.   

Geothermal systems have no outside condensing units like air conditioners, so there is no concern about noise outside the home.  A Geothermal System is so quiet inside a house or building users usually do not know it is operating.  Outside the home, you can enjoy your back patio in peace and quiet, and with no bulky condensing unit obstructing your landscaping. 

geothermal tax credits

In addition to the money you will save on your monthly utilities, there are federal tax incentives available for Geothermal Systems.  A 26% federal tax credit for residential geothermal system installations is in place through 2020, as well as a 10% federal tax credit for commercial geothermal system installations.  Additional financial incentives may also be available for both residential and commercial geothermal systems.  You can check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency here to learn more: dsireusa.org     

Contact Us Today to experience the difference and the savings by connecting to the amazing Renewable Energy Source beneath your feet with a Geothermal System!     

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