If you’re looking for the top-of-the line HVAC system to cool and heat your home, look no further than geothermal systems. They have the highest energy efficiency and longest durability compared to other kinds of central air conditioners and heat pumps.
Geothermal equipment relies on the exchange of heat to cool and heat homes. It’s so efficient because this heat exchange happens underground with a loop field where the temperatures are stable year-round. Instead of operating in the summer at temperatures in the 90s and the humidity high, a geothermal heat pump (GHP) or air conditioner works in an environment that’s in the 60s.
Since air conditioning cools by removing heat, operating in a cooler environment makes a big difference in the amount of energy it takes to keep a home comfortable. The same principle applies to heating with a heat pump, only in reverse. During the winter, there’s always more heat in the ground to tap than in the air.
When deciding whether a geothermal system is right for you, consider whether:
- Your homeowner’s association (HOA) allows them.
- There’s adequate access to your yard to install the equipment.
- The geology, soil and hydrology characteristics are acceptable.
- The crew can work around your landscaping or swimming pool and restore it to your preferences.
Benefits of Geothermal HVAC Equipment
Geothermal systems are from four to five times more efficient than the typical heat pump or air conditioner. Although they cost more initially, they pay for themselves faster compared to less efficient HVAC equipment.
They’re quiet. A GHP or A/C doesn’t use an outdoor condenser, which quiets your yard considerably.
There’s a tax credit. The federal government has a tax credit program in place through 12/31/19 in the amount of 30 percent to help homeowners defray the cost of eligible geothermal equipment. The credit includes the cost of the system and its installation. It covers new, existing and second home properties.
Installing geothermal systems will lower energy costs and increase home comfort and enjoyment. If you’d like to learn more, contact Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions, providing HVAC services for Orlando-area homeowners.
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