Heating and cooling expenses account for almost 50 percent of the average American utility bill. Generating this energy requires the burning of much fossil fuel, with the resulting increase in environmental pollution. Geothermal heating and cooling is a reliable option for homeowners who want to save money while reducing harmful effects on the environment.
- Extraordinary efficiency: The most efficient gas furnaces will have efficiency ratings around 90-98 percent, which means that 90-98 percent of the energy in the fuel gets turned into usable heat. Geothermal systems carry an amazing 300 to 400 percent efficiency, which means that each unit of electricity used to generate heat returns three to four units of heat. This is achieved because heat pumps move heat instead of generating it.
- Lowered cost of operation: Because of their high efficiency levels, geothermal heat pumps can reduce monthly utility bills by up to 70 percent. Initial investment in a geothermal system can be high, but the substantial monthly savings mean it will likely pay for itself in savings alone by about the halfway point of its working life.
- Quiet operation: Geothermal heat pumps operate very quietly, which eliminates the background noise commonly associated with air conditioners and furnaces.
- Better for the environment: Since geothermal systems burn no fuel, they do not produce any dangerous emissions or greenhouse gases, such as carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide. Their high levels of efficiency mean they use less electricity, which reduces demand on your local electrical utility.
- Lower costs over system lifetime: Geothermal heating and cooling systems are generally expected to last 15 or 20 years or more. They need little maintenance and are generally inexpensive to keep working once installed. In contrast to standard furnaces and air conditioners, geothermal heat pumps will have a significantly lowered operating cost when spread out over the many years of the system’s life. The availability of generous federal tax credits for qualified geothermal systems – 30 percent – also greatly increase the return on investment.
When you need heating, cooling and plumbing services for your northeast Ohio home, you can count on Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Contact us today for more information on geothermal heating and cooling, to get an estimate on a geothermal system, or to schedule an installation.
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