HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING
Geothermal heating & air conditioning uses heat within the earth. Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source because heat is continuously produced inside the earth.
one of our specialties at IDEAL IN AIR is the service, repair and replacement of geothermal systems. We have extensive knowledge and experience with these types of systems and we are here to help you with yours.
What is geothermal and how does it work?
Geothermal heating works by harnessing the heat energy just feet below the earth's surface and converting it into warm air through the use of geothermal heat pumps.
How far down do you have to drill for geothermal?
For a horizontal loop you only need to dig between 6 - 8 feet deep. For a vertical loop you need to drill between 250 and 300 feet deep.
How much land do you need for horizontal geothermal?
Horizontal wells use a larger amount of ground area than vertical wells. Multiple trenches up to 8 feet deep and two feet wide are dug into the ground for the pipes, which are laid across the bottom of the trench. A typical system will require 300 feet of trenches for every two tons of heating load.
Vertical loop averages approximately 10% better efficiency over the horizontal loop system. The main advantage to the horizontal loop system is that the cost of digging the trenches is generally significantly less than the cost of drilling boreholes for the vertical system.
Is geothermal really worth it?
Due to their high price, geothermal systems often take many years to recover the initial cost, but they are a worthwhile investment for environmentally-conscious and homeowners who plan to be in their homes for many years to come.
Is geothermal cheaper than natural gas?
A geothermal heat pump uses electricity. In a lot of areas around the country, natural gas costs are very low. It is much cheaper to operate a natural gas furnace than to rely on an electric furnace. ... Basically, geothermal heating costs are going to be as good and often better than what a gas furnace can produce.
Does geothermal increase home value?
Geothermal systems can raise a home's value because buyers like to purchase properties that will save them money. For a prospective buyer who intends to stay in their home for 20 plus years for example, that adds up to $45,000 in total savings.
How long does it take for geothermal to pay for itself?
The payback period for a typical geothermal heat pump system, or the time it takes to save your upfront investment in the form of reduced energy costs, is between 5 and 10 years, according to the Department of Energy.
How long do geothermal systems last?
Geothermal heat pumps last significantly longer than conventional equipment. They typically last 20-25 years. In contrast, conventional furnaces generally last anywhere between 15 and 20 years, and central air conditioners last 10 to 15 years.
What is disadvantage of drilling geothermal?
The disadvantages of geothermal energy are mainly high initial capital costs. The cost of drilling wells to the geothermal reservoir is quite expensive. Taking into account the cost of heating and cooling system installation thereby surging extra costs.
Can you put geothermal in an existing home?
Although geothermal heat pumps can be integrated easily with existing systems such as forced-air or radiant floor heating, you'll need space in a utility room or basement for all necessary components. ... Designing and installing a geothermal HVAC system is a complex process.