Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming an increasingly popular option for Danville, KY homeowners. In addition to energy efficiency, geothermal is environmentally friendly and delivers consistent comfort.
.How Does Geothermal Work?
Geothermal systems use the earth’s natural temperature for heat exchange. An indoor heat pump connects to an outside underground system of pipes. Water circulates through the pipes. Because heat travels from hot spots to cold spots, as the water circulates, it picks up heat from the earth in the winter and discharges heat into the earth in the summer.
The average earth temperature in Kentucky is 58 degrees. If you set your thermostat to 70 degrees, your HVAC equipment only has to make up the difference between 58 and 70.
Geothermal Uses Less Electricity
Geothermal heat pumps consume between 25% and 50% less electricity compared to conventional HVAC systems. Because about 70 percent of the energy used in geothermal is renewable energy from the ground, on average, geothermal has four times the energy efficiency of traditional HVAC. Reduced energy consumption means that you can cut up to 50% from your energy bills.
Geothermal Reduces Maintenance Costs
Geothermal HVAC systems require less maintenance than typical air conditioners and furnaces. They have fewer moving components, and the parts are protected from weather conditions. The average lifespan for the indoor unit is 12 to 15 years. For the ground loop, life expectancy is 50-plus years.
Is Geothermal Right for You?
Geothermal systems cost more to install than forced-air or ductless systems, but the payback period is five to seven years. Geothermal is an attractive option for homeowners who have high energy bills, plan to stay in their home for seven to 10 years, and have the land required for geothermal.
If you’re interested in learning more about the energy efficiency of geothermal, check out the geothermal HVAC services we offer at Feistritzer Heating & Air Conditioning or give us a call today.