We’ve talked about geothermal heating and cooling systems quite a bit on this blog. While the deadline for the geothermal federal tax credit may have passed, this type of system definitely still warrants consideration if you are taking advantage of the spring weather to replace your heater, air conditioner, or both. Don’t rush into replacing your existing equipment with similar systems just because it’s what you’ve always done.
In industrial applications, harnessing geothermal energy is becoming more and more common. For residential purposes, the use of a geothermal, or ground source, heat pump is also becoming more common. Drawing heat out of the ground in order to warm one’s home, as well as dumping heat into the ground when cooling it, allows for great efficiency and reliable comfort.
It Is Not a New Concept
Renewable and sustainable energy is a pretty major talking point in this day and age, and the attention drawn to systems such as geothermal heat pumps by tax credits and other incentives is certainly helping to put this type of technology on more people’s radar. However, geothermal heat pumps are not a new concept. In fact, they’ve been in use since the late 1940’s. That’s roughly 70 years that this technology has been being refined, and the efficiency and reliability of today’s systems have a lot to show for it.
Yes, Installation Costs Are High — But So Are the Savings
There is no denying that the initial cost of purchasing and installing a geothermal system can cause a bit of sticker shock. That being said, the difference in price point between a geothermal heat pump and an air-source heat pump can be made up in about 5-10 years. This is because geothermal systems offer great energy savings, even over air-source heat pumps.
Plus, the lifespan of a geothermal system is really tough to beat. The indoor components will generally last about 25 years, while the ground loop itself will prove functional for about 50 years. If you are serious about investing in efficient, dependable comfort for literally decades to come, geothermal heating and cooling in Everett, WA may be right for you.
Contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric with any questions that you may have.