Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is limited, you ought to know this, at least – especially if you’re thinking of retrofitting your current Knoxville home’s HVAC system or wondering what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are widely considered the most environmentally friendly available. Their simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to provide your Knoxville home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, joined together in a distinctive – and distinctively sympathetic – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a trifle too showy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t destroying the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the standards of “renewable energy technology.” Certainly, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the good 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 much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power systems. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the appeal of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems will be hardly noticeable on your property. Don’t have much yard space anyway? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Knoxville and elsewhere anymore occupy a comparatively meager]55] piece of real-estate. {{The good news is, 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 case, 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 incredibly quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run much quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Best of all, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the annoyance of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are dependable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does ultimately need repairing or replacing, you won’t likely be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems require very little maintenance. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to hold up for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only an occasional examination as well as periodic filter changes and a once-a-year coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as beneficial in cooling as they are in heating. The old perception that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been substantially put to pastureed by ongoing advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve determined you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Relax. Today’s systems can do it all and do 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 bring back federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that terminated December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and increased competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Get hold of the geothermal professionals at Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. today. They’ll explain in detail the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Knoxville home.