If your current heating and cooling system isn’t performing the way it used to, consider choosing geothermal energy for your next HVAC system. Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) offer many advantages over conventional equipment because they use underground energy as the heating or cooling source.
These systems combine heat pump technology with an underground loop field. A heat pump works by exchanging heat in the air, either in the summer and winter. In the winter, it takes the heat from the air to warm the refrigerant, and in the summer, it reverses its process and removes it from your home.
The effectiveness of a heat pump in the winter depends in part upon outdoor temperatures. Below the frost line, temperatures don’t change drastically season-to-season, so instead of dealing with high heat in the summer and subfreezing temperatures in the winter, the GHP usually has enough thermal energy to absorb in the winter and deposit readily in the summer.
When you’re choosing geothermal energy, you’re also making a choice that:
- Reduces the need for, or lowers the amount of, gas or propane you use in the winter.
- Is the most renewable energy HVAC system available.
- Lowers the demand for natural resources. Not only do these systems eliminate the need for combustion fuels, they’re built to last for decades. The underground loop field can last 50 years or longer, and the indoor GHP can last 25 years or more.
- Minimizes your monthly heating and cooling costs. Although a GHP costs more upfront, you’ll have much lower ongoing heating and cooling costs, giving you a significant return on the investment. In addition, you can deduct the entire cost of a qualifying system through the end of 2016 from your federal taxes to receive up to a 30 percent tax credit.
To learn more about the benefits of choosing geothermal energy, contact Comfort Systems. We’ve provided outstanding HVAC services for Wichita area homeowners since 1996.
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