There are a variety of advantages associated with geothermal heating and cooling systems. Saving money is the number one attraction, but these remarkable systems bring other benefits to the table for Richmond, Virginia, homeowners as well:
With a 400-percent efficiency rating, geothermal systems can yield big savings on energy bills. According to the EPA, you can save up to 70-percent on annual heating costs and up to 50 percent on annual cooling costs. An Energy Star-certified system can even earn you federal, state, local and utility company credits and rebates for installing energy-efficient products.
Low Maintenance and Long Shelf Life
Because geothermal systems are not directly exposed to the elements and have fewer moving parts, they require less maintenance than other HVAC systems. The indoor unit of a geothermal heat pump will generally last for 25 years. The underground loop component may last 50 years or longer. By contrast, traditional furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners typically last from 10 to 20 years.
Safe and Eco-friendly Technology
Because geothermal systems are powered by the heat in the ground that’s provided by the sun, they depend on an energy source that never runs out. Because no combustion is involved, there are no carbon monoxide risks or combustion-related safety issues to worry about.
Free Hot Water
Add a desuperheater to your geothermal heat pump installation, and it will use excess energy that would otherwise be wasted to provide your home with free hot water. In fact, when you heat your water with a geothermal unit, it can help the system to operate more efficiently.
AirMaxx Mechanical Inc is one of only a few Richmond, Virginia, contractors that is trained and certified to correctly size and install geothermal heating and cooling systems. Visit us online to learn more about this technology, or call us directly at (804) 409-9048 for more information.