October 20, 2017
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Geothermal Heat Pumps for Savings
A geothermal heat pump system uses the earth's natural thermal properties in conjunction with electricity to provide your home with heating, cooling and hot water. It works differently from a conventional furnace or boiler by its ability to transfer heat versus the standard method of producing heat. On average, for every unit of electricity the system uses, it provides four units of heating/cooling energy, giving a geothermal system a 400% efficiency rating. Such unprecedented energy efficiency can translate into significant savings (35-70%) on your utility bills all year round.
Using geothermal for heating and cooling changes the way you pay for energy. Because you are taking advantage of the natural heating and cooling capacity of the earth, on property you own, you are drawing upon a new resource that is essentially free.
Additional savings can also result from higher reliability associated with geothermal units. They typically have a longer life expectancy (about 20-25 years) than conventional air conditioners, because the compressor has less thermal and mechanical stress, and because they are installed indoors (like your refrigerator), protected from rain, snow, ice, debris, extreme temperatures or vandalism. Geothermal units have proven to be very reliable and require less maintenance.