Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is next to nil, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re planning on upgrading your current Long Island home’s HVAC system or still undecided about what to put into the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology channels subterranean temperatures to provide your Long Island home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a distinctive – and distinctively coordinated – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too grandiose? 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 criteria for “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t require much of it for all the advantages 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 considerably more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power setups. The truth of the matter is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the chachet of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require as much of your yard as you might think. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No bombshell there: most home lots in Long Island 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 run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Almost no 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 remarkably quiet. Every component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run much quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t subjected to the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and clattering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep working flawlessly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does ultimately have to be repaired or replaced, you undoubtedly won’t be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t require much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to endure for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, need only occasional scrutiny 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 essentially buried by ongoing advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be modified to multitask. Okay, so you’ve chosen to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home also? 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 when not subsidized by federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstitute federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of traditional heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal professionals at ZBF Geothermal today. They’ll explain in detail the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Long Island home.