Examining Green Solutions: Is a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Right for Your Home?

Going “green” these days in the home is more than just a term used by a movement among a select few people who are environmentally conscious; it is also now a way for you the homeowner to save money. Renewable energy solutions are the way to accomplish this, and are the one major area you can take part in to reduce carbon emissions while decreasing your overall energy costs. The savings can be outstanding if the right equipment is used. But what does it mean to go “green” with renewable energy in your home, and how do you choose the right equipment?

Nature Provides the Heat and Cool Air Your Home Requires

Nature provides our world with a host of sustainable energy options, but for you, the homeowner, the most prevalent one these days is geothermal heating and cooling systems that draw in energy provided by the sun and the earth. Geothermal heating and cooling systems can be installed on your property to capture the energy these provide and convert it into usable energy for your home to provide comfort in all seasons, save money on energy bills, and run a system that is quiet without few moving parts, essentially making it independent of outside energy needs to run the system.

How a Geothermal System Works For Your Home

As long as the system is able to be placed in the ground or by a body of water, geothermal systems can work almost anywhere. Your geothermal home heating and cooling system captures heat in the ground that is given off from the earth’s nuclear core. This is not geothermal power, but ground source heating and cooling. It also captures heat from the sun that is deposited into the ground or a body of water.

Buried pipes filled with liquid circulate through the system and are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. The affected liquid is returned to a geothermal pump which then distributes this natural heat or cooling quietly throughout your home. Because ground temperature remains consistently at 55 degrees, your home can stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Geothermal home systems can be sized to meet your needs and property boundaries.

Does a Home Geothermal System Require Lots of Maintenance?

Fortunately, no. Unlike traditional heating and cooling units that demand semi-annual maintenance and have many moving parts that are at the mercy of age, weather, and other conditions, the home geo-exchange unit has few moving parts. This means you will save money just on regular maintenance alone, and have few concerns about breakdown on the hottest or coldest day of the year. While need for check-ups do occur, these systems are easy to maintain, and those companies that provide equipment should be Certified to assure you that your system is expertly cared for.

Is it Common for Homes to Have Geothermal Systems?

Actually, yes, it is common, and becoming more so. Many homes in Europe depend heavily on this technology, which has been around for decades. But Americans have traditionally kept to the older ways of heating and cooling their homes, and therefore; end up with systems that last, at best, 15 years, need constant maintenance, and burn up lots electricity, not to mention your cash. With the promotion of sustainable and renewable energy, people have found that these systems help them achieve the comfort requirements they have, while saving them money and reducing emissions into the air, and more are moving to this technology each month.

For example, in North Carolina’s Ballantyne area companies are installing and repairing home geothermal systems installing and repairing home geothermal systems more frequently than ever. They say that their customers see the great value in saving money while reducing carbon emissions. They are also pleased that the system can be configured to meet their home’s boundaries, and because they tend to last up to 50 years, instead of the 15 traditional heating and cooling systems do. Plus, homeowners are often afforded tax credits for installing a system.

Choosing the Right Geothermal Equipment

Industry leader Geostar has their certified members consider the geology, hydrology and land availability of your property when identifying the right geothermal system for your home. This should happen with a certified geothermal contractor who understands the intricacies involved and can make recommendations about which type of system will suit your needs. There are a number of excellent manufacturers to choose from, and this professional will help you choose the right system.

Utilizing what nature gives you without abusing nature while saving money over the life of a 50 year system makes a geothermal technology for the home a smart choice.

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