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10 Myths About Geothermal Heating and Cooling

By Kravelv @kravelv

Geothermal heating and cooling is a homeowner’s dream come true. If you want a home that is efficiently heated and cooled, has a system that is easy to use and is eco-friendly, then a geothermal system is the solution. Geothermal HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) uses the subterranean temperatures to heat and cool your home.

10 Myths About Geothermal Heating and Cooling

With the growing popularity of geothermic systems, there is a lot of outdated information being spread. Maybe you have heard some myths of geothermal systems that have you concerned. Here are the top ten myths debunked: Check out this website for more information.

1. Not For The City

You might have heard that geothermal systems cannot be used in the city. This is false. The system can be used in any location.

2. Not Available For The North

Traditional heating and cooling systems have to adjust to changing temperatures. Geothermal systems tap into the Earth’s temperature. Since the Earth’s temperature remains constant, the geothermal system doesn’t have to adapt or adjust. Even if your home is in the North, you can have heat as efficiently as a resident of the south.

3. Not Enough Land

Another rumor is that your property must be a specific size in order to have the system installed. Due to the loop technology, very little space is needed for installation.

4. Not A Good System For Air Conditioning

Geothermal systems are excellent for both cooling and heating your home. In extremely cold climates, some people have used backup heating systems because they found it more cost-effective. But a geothermal HVAC system is effective no matter what your local climate may be.

5. Not Able To Multitask

There is a belief that the system cannot take care of heating your pool, water, and home simultaneously. A geothermal system can do it all.

6. Not Quite Enough

Traditional heating and cooling systems are noisy, so many people assume the geothermal system will be too. However, the truth of the matter is that geothermal systems are much quieter because they don’t require the outdoor machinery ordinary systems do.

7. Not Efficient Using Water

Many people believe geothermic HVAC systems use a lot of water. The fact is, they use no water. An aquifer is used to exchange heat with the Earth. The water is returned through the aquifer. In previous generations of geothermic technology, there was a “pump and dump” system. This old technology wasted water after it passed over the heat exchanger. However, those systems are no longer used.

8. Not Durable

The earth loops last for generations. The heat exchange equipment is indoors, so it lasts for decades. When parts eventually need to be replaced, the cost is much less than the initial cost of installation. This is because the geothermic system loops are the priciest part. Due to new technological guidelines, the issue of thermal retention is eliminated. This means heat can be exchanged with the system indefinitely. The newest technology overcomes past problems with overheating and overcooling the ground over time. This resulted in the system no longer functioning. With the problem solved, the new geothermic systems last for several decades.

9. Not User-Friendy

Even if you own an old home, a geothermic system can increase your property value and decrease your carbon footprint. In the short term, a geothermal system is fully enclosed and simple in design. They have fewer components than conventional HVAC systems, which means they require less maintenance and are more reliable.

10. Not Affordable

Like all major home improvements, there is an initial investment. However, once the system is installed, you could potentially save 40-60% on your utility bill. Also available are federal tax credits for residential installations, rebates, financing, and local and state incentives.

Geothermic heating and air conditioning have been around for more than 60 years in the U.S. As people decide to build more eco-friendly homes, geothermic HVAC systems are becoming more popular. They work in conjunction with nature, not against, and emit no greenhouse gas. With the myths surrounding geothermic systems busted, you can consider what is best for your home and environment.


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