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Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Everything Homeowners Need To Know

While most homeowners have traditional furnaces and air conditioners, more and more people are turning to geothermal heating and cooling instead – and for obvious reasons. With a geothermal system, you can actually heat and cool your home using your yard. In this blog, we will cover everything you need to know – from how it works, to what it is, and all the benefits.

What is Geothermal Heating and Cooling?

Geothermal means “earth heat.” That being said, a geothermal heating and cooling system uses the temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home. Because it moves heat from or to the earth rather than creating it, this system significantly reduces energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, a geothermal heat pump consumes up to 44% less energy than air-source heat pumps and up to 72% less than electric heating and air conditioning systems.

So, you may be wondering – how does it do that? The temperature beneath the earth’s surface remains constant and consistent, unlike the air all around us. Usually, depending on where you live, the ground temperature is between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

How Does It Work?

In the winter, a geothermal unit will heat your home and in the summer, it’ll cool your home. You’ll have a geothermal coil installed into the ground, connecting to the geothermal heat pump. In the winter, the heat pump will pull heat out of the ground and transport it to warm the air that then gets circulated throughout your home. On the contrary, it’ll do the same in the summer – but in reverse. It will instead pull the heat out of your home’s air and transport it back into the ground.

Benefits Of Installing A Geothermal Heating and Cooling System

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming the popular choice,  in new construction homes and also in a lot of existing homes. There are many benefits to installing a geothermal system in your home, including:

  • Uses 25-50% less electricity
  • Less moving parts (fewer maintenance tasks and repairs)
  • Lifespan of 20+ years
  • Maintains healthy indoor humidity levels
  • Can be connected to your plumbing to provide free hot water
  • Saves you money

The Cost Of Installing a Geothermal System

Let’s not sugarcoat it. The initial cost of installing a geothermal system can be expensive. However, the amount of cost savings you’ll see over the next 20+ years makes that initial investment so worth it. In fact, many homeowners report saving a significant amount of money in the long run by switching to geothermal. For a quote on installing a geothermal unit, contact Acree today!

Contact The Pros at Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric To For All Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling Needs!

Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric is here to help with all your geothermal heating and cooling needs. Call Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric at (813) 524-6313 or contact us online here today to schedule your consultation appointment!