Geothermal heating isn’t as sci-fi as it might sound; it’s actually quite a simple concept. “Geo” means earth and “thermal” means heat. Geothermal systems harness heat from the earth to efficiently heat your home, but their value goes far deeper. Geothermal is actually becoming popular in residential heating applications for some less obvious reasons than simplicity and efficiency.
Geothermal heating systems are not high maintenance. They have few moving components to wear over time, so you can expect at least a 20-year life out of your system with only limited preventative maintenance. The HVAC component along with its compressor, fan, and pump are all safely sheltered indoors. This spares it from the wear and tear of the elements, as well as making it easily accessible for periodic checks and filter changes.
Traditional heating systems use combustion of fossil fuels to run. These fuels release carbon monoxide, which, in large amounts, is dangerous to humans and the ozone layer. Geothermal heating systems use only clean energy, electricity, to supplement the heat drawn from the earth. You can also forget about the dangers of indoor combustion like leaks, flames, and odors from traditional furnace units – none of that is a risk with geothermal. Look forward to lower energy consumption as well, which will save you money on your utility bills.
Not only can you benefit from geothermal heating’s lower energy bill, but you can also take advantage of tax incentives from the government that may be available to you. The Energy Improvement & Extension Act offers a 30% residential tax credit off the total cost of installing a geothermal system. This incentive is available through the end of 2016 for systems that meet Energy Star eligibility requirements.
Call Climate Control at (864) 269-5576 for a free estimate on a geothermal heating system for your home.