Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of retrofitting your present Richmond home’s HVAC system or still don’t know how best to heat and cool the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their simple technology channels subterranean temperatures to furnish your Richmond home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a unique – and uniquely cooperative – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too grandiose? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the standards of “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the benefit you get. Just one unit of electricity can convey as much as 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 up as much of your yard as you might expect. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Richmond and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively compact the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Very little above-ground surface is called for 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 aspect of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run significantly quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More impressive still, 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 long-term heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of extraordinary longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working perfectly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does eventually need repairing or replacing, you won’t likely be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept down.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t demand much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to last for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, safeguarded indoors from weather extremes, require only an occasional inspection as well as periodic filter changes and a yearly coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as beneficial in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much put to pastureed by steady advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be adjusted 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? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it simultaneously, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological refinements, new installation practices, and more competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal wizards at DeltaTemp today. They’ll explain in detail the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Richmond home.