When my husband, Ron and I built our home seven years ago, we chose a ground source heat pump to handle the heating and cooling. Although this type of system is extremely expensive, geothermal HVAC is wonderfully energy efficient. We’re able to maintain perfect year round temperature for around a dollar per day. The cost savings on our energy bills recovered the initial investment in five years. The biggest expense was the excavation and drilling necessary to install the underground loop system. This series of pipes is buried in our backyard and takes advantage of moderate and stable temperature to provide a source for heat energy in the winter and a heat sink in the summer. The pipes are linked to a heat pump which is installed in our home. The underground pipes are warrantied for up to fifty years, and because the heat pump is protected from the wear and tear of weather, we can expect it to last around twenty years. The heat pump simply moves heat from one place to another, bringing it from the ground into the house during winter and extracting it from the home during the summer. There is no on-site combustion process to create heat. Because of this, we don’t need to worry about byproducts, such as carbon monoxide, or greenhouse gases. A geothermal heat pump is considered by the EPA to be the most environmentally friendly option for temperature control on the current market. The system is exceptionally clean, safe and quiet. In cooling mode, it is more efficient and better at dehumidification than a conventional air conditioner. In heating mode, it doesn’t dry out the air, which avoids the need for a humidifier. Plus, a multi-stage filtration system optimizes indoor air quality.
- Can’t run the marathon-outside offers no AC
- Portable air conditioner is necessary to drown out barking neighbor dog –