Geothermal energy is quickly becoming an alternative force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation in the market about this wonderful renewable energy and its potential application.
Common Geothermal Misconceptions
Here are 5 common geothermal heating/cooling system misconceptions that need to be addressed.
1.Geothermal systems are still in the conceptual phase.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are actually a serious reality for today’s homeowners, a reality that is growing in popularity and application every year. In fact, industry experts report that geothermal systems have enjoyed triple digit growth for several years now as their costs decrease and their reputation increases.
2.Geothermal systems aren’t dependable.
On the contrary, due to the simple design and engineering behind geothermal heating and cooling systems, they are actually designs for a lifespan of more than twice that of a traditional heating and cooling system.
3.Geothermal systems are expensive.
Although the initial investment in a home geothermal heating and cooling system can be substantial, the long-term operational costs are practically non-existent. When you consider that all heating and cooling systems have some kind of upfront installation costs, and that few have such minimal operating costs, geothermal energy actually becomes one of the most affordable on the market.
4.Geothermal systems can only be used for heating.
While it may seem logical that a system using the earth’s temperature would only be able to heat, it can actually be used to cool as well. This is accomplished by reversing the process and removing the heat from a dwelling and returning it back to the earth. So, geothermal heating and cooling systems with a heat pump can be used year round to keep your house at an even and comfortable temperature.
5.There aren’t any special incentives for installing a geothermal system over another.
The federal government has passed legislation to incentivize homeowners in their choice of a geothermal heating and cooling system. The varying tax credits available for this energy alternative can help to make it a real temptation to those considering new systems.
Considering the truths countering these misconceptions, homeowners owe it to themselves to get an estimate on one of these affordable, dependable green energy solutions.
We’re proud to offer and install these systems here at B.M.C/Clower and would be happy to provide oblige.