One heating source that we haven’t ventured into much on the blog recently is geothermal heating. Believe it or not, this heat pump system is the most energy efficient way to heat and cool your home. It is also one of the most all-around eco-friendly heating and cooling methods as well.

When compared to furnace or other air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pump systems produce far less greenhouse gases. Unlike air-source systems that require changing the temperature of outdoor air, they rely on fairly consistent or constant ground temperatures to heat and cool the home.  The renewable resource of the earth’s heat (and coolness) is the key to this unique heating and cooling method.

This efficient method provides a number of great comfort benefits with extremely low operating costs, including:

  • Summertime comfort  using relatively cool temperatures below ground to cool your home
  • Winter comfort  extracting warmth from the ground to heat your home
  • Year-round savings  incredible efficiencies of over 300% on even the coldest of winter nights, running on only a small amount of electricity

Geothermal heating and cooling systems use a ground heat exchanger or “loop” buried beneath the earth in trenches or boreholes. Like we’ve discussed recently with other heating and cooling systems, proper sizing and installation of this ground loop is critical for the operation and efficiency of your geothermal system.

BelRed provides unsurpassed performance and reliability with International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) certified staff to size and install your ground loop and geothermal system.

While the installed price of a geothermal system can be several times that of an air-source system, the additional costs can be returned to you in energy savings in as little as 5–10 years. Beyond the savings you can see on your utility bills, you can often save even more with federal tax credits of up to 30% with no caps and great utility rebate programs.

To see if a geothermal heat pump is right for you and your home, contact BelRed today for a no-obligation in-home consultation.

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