Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re considering redoing your current Boise home’s HVAC system or at a loss for how best to heat and cool the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their simple technology channels subterranean temperatures to furnish your Boise home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a singular – and singularly cooperative – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too flashy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t inverting the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems pass muster as “renewable energy technology.” Yes, they run off of electricity. But they don’t use much of it for all the reward you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer up to five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power technologies. In truth, solar and wind technologies, whatever the pull of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t leave as much of a physical footprint in your yard as you might expect. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Boise and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively compact the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any above-ground surface is called for in any event, whether vertical, horizontal, open (well water), or pond loops are installed. Result? You can keep your little patch of paradise a whole lot greener.
  5. Geothermal HVAC systems are unbelievably quiet. Every component of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to operate significantly quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More impressive still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working flawlessly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is housed indoors. At least, when it does eventually need repairing or replacing, you undoubtedly won’t be replacing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept down.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to last for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, need only a sporadic check as well as periodic filter changes and a once-a-year coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old belief that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much buried by steady advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve decided on heating your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home too? And what if you have a swimming pool? Don’t fret. Today’s systems can take care of it all and take care of it at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to better align geothermal solutions with the cost of more orthodox heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal pros at Idaho Geothermal, LLC today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Boise home.