Today’s focus on renewable energies and the efficient use of all energy has sparked new research and applications for geothermal heating. For example, geothermal systems have traditionally only been used in large commercial facilities, but today, individual homes have begun installing these systems. These are things to consider when weighing your heating and cooling options.
Heating and Cooling Costs
Today, more and more homes are being built with geothermal systems. Geothermal cooling and heating systems require that your contractor drill a large well, which can be initially costly. However, this temperature control method is the most efficient way to maintain your desired temperature. Although the initial outlay is high, your electricity and natural gas bills will be significantly lower because they aren’t used for most of your heating and cooling. These systems also help you heat and warm up water in your hot water tank.
Geothermal energy is up to 400 times more efficient than the use of natural gas or electricity to heat and cool your home. Because of their efficiency, you may qualify for government subsidies or tax credits that cover the initial cost of geothermal installation. These systems are also quieter and don’t turn on and off, so the air temperature is consistent. In addition, every room will have the same temperature; you won’t have hot and cold spots.
Of course, while you are living in your home, you will benefit from the lower heating and cooling costs of geothermal energy, but these systems can also significantly increase your home’s value when you go to sell it. Your buyers don’t have to pay for the initial installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems, but they still benefit from the energy savings every month, so they are willing to pay more for your home.
It is clear that geothermal heating and cooling systems outperform conventional systems in a number of areas. These systems provide a great opportunity to invest in your home and increase its value.