Cost Benefits of Geothermal Systems

April 18, 2020

When you’re in need of a replacement heating and cooling system for your home, you might want to consider a geothermal system. These systems could also be used for a new construction home. Knowing the benefits of these heating and cooling systems will allow you to make an informed decision about which HVAC equipment to purchase.

Low Operating Costs

Compared to air-source heating and cooling systems, geothermal systems offer low operating costs. The Environmental Protection Agency explains that geothermal heating and cooling systems could lower your heating costs by 70% and your cooling costs by 50%.

Environmentally Friendly

Another benefit of geothermal systems is their environmental friendliness. They don’t require the combustion of fossil fuels to heat your house. However, they do use some electricity to power the motor and air blower. If your home has a solar array, it could power the geothermal system. Otherwise, you’ll need to use your local provider of grid electricity. Keep in mind that geothermal systems are 400% efficient. For every unit of electricity they consume, they create four equivalent units of heating or cooling power. No other type of heating and cooling system delivers this level of energy efficiency or environmental friendliness.

Works Well in Any Climate

Geothermal heating and cooling systems work well in any climate. Kansas City’s four seasons of weather often cause you to need heating functions one day and cooling functions a day or two later. The hot summers and moderately cold winters mean that you need a reliable heating and cooling system all the time. Geothermal systems are dependable and have fewer parts that can malfunction compared to separate air-sourced heating and cooling equipment.

Low Ownership Costs

A geothermal heating and cooling system may be costly to install when excavation and equipment costs are included. However, there are rebates, tax credits, and other incentives available that could lower the installation costs. Because geothermal systems can last for as long as 50 years before they need to be replaced, the energy savings will pay for the cost of the system several times. The cost per year of owning a geothermal system is less than other types of heating and cooling systems. If you plan to live in your home for a long time, you may never have to buy a new home comfort system.

Small Carbon Footprint

If you choose a geothermal heating and cooling system, your home will have a small carbon footprint. Because the geothermal system moves heat instead of generating heat, it uses little fossil fuels. It only needs a small amount of electricity for powering the motor and fan. If you have a solar panel, you won’t even have to pay for the electricity to power your geothermal system.

No Internal Home Modifications

With a geothermal heating and cooling system, you don’t have to spend any money modifying your home. They work with your home’s existing air ducts. This saves you money on installing costly ducts or reconfiguring existing ductwork in your home.

Energy Efficient in All Climates

The Kansas City area’s weather is variable, with chilly winters and hot summers. A geothermal system uses less energy to maintain a consistent indoor temperature and humidity level than any other type of heating and cooling system. This is because the Earth’s interior temperature is constant. The consistent temperature underground allows the geothermal system to easily transfer heat into or out of your home, even during periods of extreme heat or cold. According to Energy Environmental, geothermal heat pumps are about 48% more efficient than gas furnaces. Nearly 70% of the energy used in these systems is in the form of renewable energy because the air used to heat or cool your home is coming from the ground, not being produced through the use of electricity.

Our HVAC technicians also offer installation, repairs, and maintenance services for all makes and models of residential heating, cooling, and indoor air quality systems. At Mike Bryant Heating & Cooling, we’re proud to have earned the Exclusive Hydron Module Dealer status and to be the only HVAC company in the greater Kansas City area with this designation. Our maintenance plans, air purifiers, humidifiers, and sheet metal fabrication services will ensure your year-round comfort. Call us at Mike Bryant Heating & Cooling today to learn more about geothermal systems for your home.

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