If you’re looking to replace your old gas or oil furnace with a more energy-efficient model, don’t assume installing another fuel-burning furnace is your only option. Even in a cold-winter climate like Ohio’s, geothermal and solar heating are both effective for keeping your home comfortable and saving you money.
A ground-source geothermal heat pump uses an underground loop of tubing filled with a water/antifreeze mixture to pull heat from the ground. The liquid circulates through an indoor heat pump that extracts the heat and transfers it into your heating delivery system, whether forced air or radiant heating. The ground loop can be installed vertically or horizontally, so a geothermal system can fit in almost any landscape. These systems also provide affordable cooling.
Active solar heating, the most common type, uses a solar collector (solar panels) to take in solar energy and heat either air or a liquid. The warm air or liquid is then transferred into your home for heat or stored for later. Solar heating works well with forced air heating, radiant heating and boilers with hot water radiators.
In addition to being more environmentally friendly, geothermal and solar heating provide a number of benefits:
- Lower energy bills – A geothermal heat pump can lower your heating and cooling costs by 25 to 40 percent. A solar heating system can reduce the amount of energy you require for heating by 40 percent or more.
- Less maintenance – A geothermal heat pump’s components are installed indoors and underground where they’re protected from extreme weather and debris. Less dirt and damage means less maintenance. With a solar heating system, the biggest maintenance job is simply rinsing off the solar panels, possibly as seldom as once a year.
- Improved safety – With no fuel to burn, geothermal and solar heating systems don’t pose the risk of fire and carbon monoxide exposure that gas, oil and propane furnaces do.
- Tax credits – A qualified geothermal or solar system is eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.
For more pro tips on choosing and installing a geothermal or solar heating system, contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We’ve been providing the Greater Cleveland area with top-quality HVAC care for more than 77 years.
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