GeothermalGeothermal Pros and Cons

Geothermal systems are some of the most energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems on the market. G&S Heating, Cooling and Electrical offers a full range of services for geothermal systems and we wanted to put together a quick explanation of some of the pros and cons of these types of systems. Read on below and then give us a call if you have any questions or if you need North Seattle geothermal installation, repair or maintenance services.

North Seattle Geothermal Pros and Cons

Here is a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of geothermal systems.

Pros

  • Energy usage – Probably the most important benefit to geothermal system is that they allow homeowners to reduce the amount of energy that they have to buy from their utility company. Geothermal use the endless and free energy stored in the earth to provide your home with both heating and cooling.
  • Efficiency – The energy that geothermal systems get from the earth they use very efficiently. Geothermal systems are essentially heat pumps that move heat into or out of your home. Heat pumps are generally regarded as one of the most efficient heating and air conditioning systems on the market.
  • Year-long usage – While air-source heat pumps, like the ones in traditional central AC systems, cannot operate when the temperature outside gets too cold, geothermal systems can operate all year long.
  • Installation – Probably the most significant downside to geothermal systems is that their installation process can be intensive and complex. For ground-source geothermal systems, large trenches and holes need to be dug into your property. This means that certain property requirements need to be met and, if they are met, that significant excavation will need to happen in order to bury the ground loop. If your home doesn’t have enough space then you may not even be able to have the system installed in your home.
  • Leaks – With a ground-source geothermal system, you have to bury a long line of coils in your property. While it is unlikely, those coils can start to leak at some point. If this happens, repairing those coils can be difficult and time intensive.

Cons

  • Installation – Probably the most significant downside to geothermal systems is that their installation process can be intensive and complex. For ground-source geothermal systems, large trenches and holes need to be dug into your property. This means that certain property requirements need to be met and, if they are met, that significant excavation will need to happen in order to bury the ground loop. If your home doesn’t have enough space then you may not even be able to have the system installed in your home.
  • Leaks – With a ground-source geothermal system, you have to bury a long line of coils in your property. While it is unlikely, those coils can start to leak at some point. If this happens, repairing those coils can be difficult and time intensive.

If you have any questions about geothermal systems or if you would like to learn more, call the North Seattle geothermal experts at G&S Heating, Cooling and Electrical.

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