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Learn More About Making the Switch to Geothermal HVAC

REDZ: Serving Scottdale, Connellsville, and Southwestern PA

 

Have You Considered Switching to Geothermal HVAC?

When looking to make your home more energy efficient, consider making the switch to geothermal HVAC. Unlike standard heating and cooling equipment, geothermal systems are underground. They rely on the Earth’s temperature to regulate the temperature in your home.

 

While the upfront cost of switching to a geothermal system may seem off-putting, it is well worth the savings later. You will soon see the money falling off of your monthly energy bill.

 

This month, we’re going to explain the many benefits of geothermal heating and cooling. We hope that this will help you to make an educated decision on whether or not a geothermal system is right for you.

 

How Does Geothermal Cooling and Heating Work?

Before we get into the types of geothermal systems, it’s good to know how they actually work. Geothermal systems are a type of heat pump (GHP) that use the Earth’s temperature to regulate the temperature in your home. Energy.gov explains that a few feet under ground stays a consistent temperature, no matter what it is above ground. The heat pump uses a heat exchanger to convert the air to the proper temperature. This means year-round comfortability.

 

Because the GHP converts energy instead of creating it, these systems are much more energy efficient than central air or furnaces. If you’re looking for better energy efficiency in your home, consider making the switch to geothermal heating or cooling.

 

Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Equipment

As we mentioned, the upfront cost of geothermal heat pumps are somewhat off-putting. You may wonder if it’s really worth it to switch when you’re happy with your current system. However, we urge you to consider the yearly savings on energy bills.

 

There are many benefits to geothermal systems. The Family Handyman explains that geothermal systems can save between 30 to 60 percent on heating costs. A GHP can also save 20 to 50 percent on cooling costs.

 

Geothermal heat pumps are relatively low maintenance. While it’s good to have professional maintenance every few years to check for any problems, you may enjoy savings in this regard. The Family Handyman article above also explains that geothermal systems can last up to 50 years depending on the type. This saves you money, too. You’ll see savings with less maintenance and the need to replace the system every 15 to 20 years, as with standard systems.

 

Types of Geothermal HVAC Systems for Homes and Businesses

There are four types of geothermal systems for homes and businesses. The Energy.gov article above explains the differences:

 

Closed-Loop: Closed-loop systems “circulate an antifreeze solution through a closed loop”. This loop is usually underground or under water. These systems are either horizontal, pond/lake, or vertical. These systems work depending on the ground conditions.

Horizontal: A type of closed-loop system. This type is cost-effective and common for new construction. Horizontal systems need to be at least four feet underground.

Vertical: Vertical closed-loop systems are common for commercial buildings. They are good for places where soil is shallow, too, and cannot fit a horizontal system.

Pond/Lake: This option is great for homes or businesses with an “adequate” body of water. It is an affordable option. There is certain criteria that the body of water must meet to determine if a system will work. The team at REDZ can help to determine if a pond/lake system will work for you.

Open-Loop: Open-loop systems rely on wells or water instead of antifreeze. The water circulates through the heat pump and returns to the well.

Hybrid: Energy.gov states that these systems work best where cooling is more important that heating. Hybrid GHPs use different resources and outdoor air to regulate the temperature inside.

 

REDZ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can install and service all types of geothermal heat pumps. Call today to schedule service in Connellsville, Scottdale, or the surrounding areas.

 

Geothermal Systems Are Not DIY-Friendly

Please note that while you may have installed a HVAC system in the past, geothermal heat pumps are not DIY-friendly. Installation may require retrofitting the current system, which can end in injury or property damage if done incorrectly. Geothermal systems also require digging and must be placed properly for the best results. Count on REDZ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to install, maintenance, and repair geothermal systems in Southwestern PA.

 

Trust REDZ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Geothermal HVAC

When it comes to geothermal HVAC in the Connellsville and Scottdale areas, choose REDZ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We have years of experience installing, servicing, and repairing geothermal heating and cooling systems. As we mentioned above, this is not a do-it-yourself project. Like all HVAC equipment, it takes time and an experienced hand to properly install it. Let our technicians handle the work while you enjoy a comfortable, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

 

Are you ready to switch to geothermal HVAC? Call REDZ today. We proudly serve Scottdale, Connellsville, and the surrounding areas of Southwestern PA. Our team can also handle furnaces, air conditioning, ductless systems, and more.

 

For more information on heating work, furnace installation, or any of our quality HVAC services, give REDZ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call at (724) 208-3090. Our team will be happy to talk to you about making the switch to geothermal HVAC.