For a more efficient heating and cooling solution, trust Green Horizon One Hour: the geothermal system installation and repair experts for the entire Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.
What Is Geothermal Heating And Cooling?
Believe it or not, the earth around your home stays at a fairly constant temperature of approximately 57°F year round. Geothermal systems utilize that constant temperature to cool your home in the summer and heat it in the winter by collecting heat from one environment and transferring it to another, much like a heat pump. Unlike a heat pump that utilizes the outside air, a geothermal system, however, uses the heat found in the earth.
Since a geothermal does not burn fossil fuel to generate warm or cool air, it can represent up to 40 to 70% savings on your utility bills. It also results in lower greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, installing a geothermal system is said to be the environmental equivalent of planting 750 trees or removing two cars from the road forever.
Green Horizon One Hour geothermal heating and cooling system installation
Geothermal systems utilize a water-based solution circulating through a series of small diameter, high-density polyethylene underground pipes around your home to either collect heat in the winter or release it in the summer. The pipes, measuring between 100 and 400 feet in length, can be installed along the horizontal trenches when space allows, or vertically utilizing well digging equipment where space is more limited.
The experts at Green Horizon One Hour can provide all the information you need for the installation of a geothermal system in your home or business, including the building code considerations and the available tax credits and other incentives that may be applicable.
Our qualified technicians are experienced with geothermal technology, making us the perfect choice for the installation of your system. We partner with Water Furnace International, a leading manufacturer of geothermal equipment.
Other benefits of a geothermal heating and cooling system
- Can be used to heat and cool the air within your home, as well as to heat the water for your home
- Can reduce your utility bills by 40 to 70%
- Works almost silently with no cold rush of air like you get with a regular air conditioning and heating system
- Eliminates the need for large and unsightly external cooling units
- State and federal tax credits and incentives can pay for up to 65% of the systems installation
- Offers the most cost-effective technologies for regulating your home or business’s temperature
- Results in lower greenhouse gas emissions
- Does not rely on the combustion of fossil fuel to generate heat, making it the most environmentally responsible option
- Has the lowest life cycle costs of any heating and cooling technology
In addition to the 70% savings on heating and cooling bills, Geothermal is good for the environment. Consider the following:
- Free geothermal energy is an unlimited, renewable resource.
- The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognize geothermal systems as the most environmentally friendly, cost-effective and energy-efficient heating and cooling technology available.
- A geothermal system in a 2,500 square-foot home saves the electric utility company more than nine tons of coal a year compared to an electric resistance heating system.
- In terms of greenhouse gas reduction, installing 100,000 residential geothermal units is equivalent to planting 100,000 acres of trees or permanently removing 200,000 cars from the road.
- Geothermal systems also help minimize the threats of acid rain, air pollution and global warming that are linked to the burning of fossil fuels.
- Every 100,000 homes with geothermal heat pump systems reduce foreign oil consumption by 2.15 million barrels annually and reduce electricity consumption by 799 million kilowatt-hours annually.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling Repair
Although geothermal systems are designed to last a long time, it doesn’t mean you won’t need the occasional maintenance check or repair. Like all heating and cooling systems, keeping up with maintenance on your geothermal system ensures longevity and efficiency for years and decades to come. Here are a few common repairs your geothermal system may need after installation:
- Removal of mineral build-up in the ground loops. Since the ground loops use water for heat transfer, minerals from the water can start to build up in the loops over time. This can lead to a loss of energy transfer, causing the system to work harder for similar energy outputs. A simple acid flush will combat the mineralization and restore the loops to their original condition. If you live in a place with hard water, the loops may need regular flushes.
- Repair of a ground loop leak. If your system sustains a leak, there’s no need to panic. A professional can inject environmentally-friendly dye into the loops to see where the leak is located. A couple of days after the dye is injected, it will rise to the top of the soil so they know exactly where to dig. Once the repair is completed, they will return the soil back over the loop. No need to worry about a completely torn up yard just to find a small leak!
- Repair of a heat pump malfunction. Sometimes an electrical component or the motor in the heat pump malfunctions, like any other heating and cooling system. A professional can inspect the unit and provide you with an accurate diagnosis before completing repairs.
If you need assistance with your geothermal heat pump, we are ready to assist. If your unit is not producing heat or won’t turn on at all, call us to come take a look. All heating and cooling systems need regular maintenance and occasional repairs, so don’t let the fear of repairs prevent you from upgrading to geothermal today!