3 Major Benefits to Owning Geothermal Heat Pumps

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Geothermal heat pumps have been in use since the 1940s in the Lancaster area. They use the earth’s internal temperature instead of outside air temps like traditional air-source systems.

It’s Very Down to Earth

Temperatures above the earth’s surface can fluctuate from sweltering hot to frigid cold.  Ground temperatures are pretty much constant, ranging in degrees by latitude. This means ground temps are cooler compared to the air above it during the summer and vice versa during the winter.  This is done with a ground heat exchanger.

Why You Should Seriously Consider a Geothermal Heat Pump

If you are considering investing in a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system this year, consider a geothermal heat pump.  Here are three major reasons why:

1. Lower utility and maintenance bills
The savings on both your utility and HVAC maintenance bills are considerable with a geothermal system. Though the geothermal heat pump with its buried-loop system can cost more for installation than an air-source system, the energy and maintenance savings may compensate you in the long run.

Typically our professionals see customers recoup their costs with energy savings in five to 10 years. According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), a geothermal heat pump will immediately save you 30 to 60 percent on your heating costs and 20 to 50 percent on your cooling over conventional heating systems.

The majority of this savings is due to the clean, renewable energy it uses as well as the small amount of electricity used transferring the heat to your house from the ground. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates a typical 2000-square-foot home can be heated and cooled for as little as one dollar per day.

The overall cost for maintaining geothermal heat pumps are greatly reduced. Their longevity of it is much greater than conventional HVAC systems. This is due to the components not being exposed to harsh elements throughout the year.

2. Longer system life span
The life span of a geothermal heat pump outdistances conventional heating and cooling systems. Indoor heat pump components typically last between 20 to 25 years.  Furnace and air conditioning units typically need replaced somewhere between 10 to 15 years on average. However, an outside ground loop can last more than 50 years.

When you are ready to purchase a new system, chances of you replacing your geothermal heat pump are slim.  Speak to one of our Reliant Heating & Cooling experts which closed-loop system works best for your Pennsylvania home.

3. Greater environmental considerations
A geothermal heat pump uses the sun as its clean, renewable energy. This translates to no onsite combustion, which results in no emissions of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other greenhouse gases.  It does use electricity, so there it might generate a small amount of fossil fuels.  However, nothing to be concerned about.

Since there is no combustion, there is also no discharge of conservatory gasses in your Lancaster home.  It makes it environmentally friendly for homeowners.  According to the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium, you can reduce greenhouse gas with a geothermal system equivalent to planting an acre of trees.

Speak to a Reliant Heating & Cooling Professional

Call Reliant Heating & Cooling today at 717-430-0900 or request service online to discuss geothermal heat pumps in more depth.  It might be the best option for your Lancaster,PA home or any others in the surrounding area.

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