Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering retrofitting your present Charleston home’s HVAC system or at a loss for how best to heat and cool the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to supply your Charleston home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a singular – and singularly compatible – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too pompous? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t upsetting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the definition of “renewable energy technology.” Certainly, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the good you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey up to five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power systems. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t take over your yard. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No shocker there: most home lots in Charleston and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly You’ll be relieved to know, however, that the polyethylene piping used for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and extended to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any above-ground surface is necessary at any rate, whether vertical, horizontal, open (well water), or pond loops are installed. Result? You can keep your little patch of paradise a whole lot greener.
  5. Geothermal HVAC systems are amazingly quiet. Every part of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed, engineered, and built to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working flawlessly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does ultimately have to be repaired or replaced, it’s not likely that you’ll be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need very little maintenance. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to hold up for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only an occasional examination as well as periodic filter changes and an annual coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old notion that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much laid to rested by steady advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be configured to multitask. Okay, so you’ve decided on heating your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home too? And what if you have a swimming pool? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do it all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal pros at Custom Climate Heating & Air today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Charleston home.