Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If your knowledge of geothermal heating and cooling is lacking, you should, at least, know this – especially if you’re planning on redoing your current Central New Jersey home’s HVAC system or still undecided about what to install in the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their simple technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to provide your Central New Jersey home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, fused together in a singular – and singularly cordial – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too flowery? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t unduly disrupting 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 demand much of it for all the reward 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 far more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power technologies. Generally speaking, solar and wind technologies, whatever the allure of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t overwhelm your yard. Don’t have much yard space in the first place? No bombshell there: most home lots in Central New Jersey and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively You’ll be relieved to know, however, that the polyethylene piping used for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any above-ground surface is necessary at any rate, 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 amazingly quiet. Every part of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run much quieter than ordinary gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors areen’t troubled by fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and juddering away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Contemporary geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working flawlessly for decades. It helps, certainly, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does by and by need repairing or replacing, it’s not likely that you’ll be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be held to a minimum.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t demand much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as noted, are designed to endure for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only a sporadic check as well as periodic filter changes and a yearly coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as adept at cooling as they are at heating. The old notion that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been pretty much laid to rested by steady advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve chosen to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home also? And what if you have a swimming pool? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it at the same time, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more affordable – even when not subsidized by federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired 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 run-of-the-mill heating and cooling methods.
 
Talk with the geothermal experts at CMS Geothermal today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the best decision for your Central New Jersey home.