Geothermal Heat Pumps Offer Comfort and Efficiency

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Geothermal heat pumps are eco-friendly and don’t produce carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions. (DepositPhotos)

The Benefits of a Geothermal Heat Pump

Geothermal heat pumps have all kinds of benefits that make them eco-friendly and wallet-friendly.

First, unlike systems that burn fossil fuels — such as gas, fuel oil, coal or wood — geothermal ones don’t produce carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions.

Second, geothermal systems are 50% to 70% more efficient for heating and 20% to 40% more efficient for cooling than traditional furnaces and air conditioners.

Third, since a geothermal heat pump uses the constant temperature of water pumped from a well as the medium of heat exchange, they work better at lower temperatures than air-source heat pumps.

This smart thermostat installed on a wall in the kitchen works with a geothermal heat pump to provide warmth
Pairing a smart thermostat with a geothermal heat pump is a great way to maximize energy savings. (DepositPhotos)

Long-Term Savings, Short-Term Solutions

Geothermal, or ground-source, heat pumps have earned endorsements from both the Department of Energy and the EPA as among the most energy-efficient and eco-friendly ways to warm and cool your home.

While the initial cost of installing a geothermal system is $12,000 to $30,000, it makes up the cost in energy saved in five to 10 years.

In addition, the cost of installing an Energy Star-approved geothermal heat pump is eligible for a 26% federal tax credit in 2020. It will be eligible for a 22% tax credit in 2021.

Want more ways to slash heating bills? You can turn down your thermostat and use the heating effect of paddle fans during cooler months.

Finally, a programmable thermostat — especially a smart thermostat with Wi-Fi connectivity — is another way to make your existing HVAC system use less energy. 

Simply set the control to turn the heat up when you’re home and down when you’re away — you can save up to 15% on your energy bill.

Better yet, a smart thermostat can learn your heating and cooling habits and find additional efficiencies — ways to save you money while keeping you comfortable.

Further Information

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  1. We have a customer that lives at 8600 feet currently has a propane fired boiler to heat his home that is need of replacement
    Research shows that a 96% replacement boiler only performs at 65% at altitude according to the home owner.
    the home owner is thinking of switching from propain to electric boiler
    Can you shed some efficacy on this subject
    thank you mike

  2. I will be replacing my HVAC system any day (it’s 20 yrs old). It’s electric unit with heat pump. I personally hate heat pumps. The house never seems warm in the winter or cool in summer. I live in Savannah GA. Our summers can be brutal. Winters vary. I have gas line to the house. Also natural gas is deregulated in GA and electricity is not.

    Thanks for your help!

    I loved the hot water heater calculater which showed I would save 50% if I switched to gas.

  3. Thanks for sharing this article, Danny! I think it’s awesome that you’re sharing efficient ways to heat and cool homes. You mentioned some valuable advice: getting a programmable thermostat. When you’re not at home, it’s important NOT to running the air conditioning or heating because you don’t need it—it’s simple. However, something that people aren’t aware of: changing your air filters on your HVAC machine can also help improve your efficiency. If there is dirt or debris covering the filter, the air won’t be circulating as efficiently as it could. Keep that in mind!


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