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8 Advantages of Geothermal Energy Systems

8 Advantages of Geothermal Energy Systems

Imagine a heating and cooling system for your home that would keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, cut your utility bills by 25 to 50 percent, and help save Planet Earth, all at the same time. Sounds like a challenge for the new millennium, doesn't it? This Geoexchange advanced heating and cooling system is here today, and thousands of homeowners nationwide are already reaping the benefits, including higher comfort levels and lower utility bills. [continued]

Lower Utility Bills : Homeowners with Geoexchange units typically realize energy savings of 25 to 50% over conventional gas, oil, or heat pump systems. In fact, a typical 2000-sq.-ft. home can be heated and cooled for as little as $1 a day. In addition, Geoexchange systems can supplement the home's conventional water heater, saving up to 30% of hot water costs every year.

Geothermal systems use small amounts of electricity to transfer heat to and from the ground to your home. On average, it can produce four units of energy for every unit of electricity used to power the system. Even the best conventional systems deliver less than one unit of energy for each unit it consumes. Homeowners typically experience an annual savings of 30% to 70% when compared to ordinary systems. Use the Savings Calculator to see how much a geothermal heating and cooling system can save you.

Geothermal Environmentally FriendlyEnvironmentally Friendly: Geothermal is recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as the most environmentally-safe, cost effective heating and cooling system on the market. Installing a geothermal system is equivalent to planting 750 trees or taking 2 cars off the road.

Positive Cash Flow: Geothermal systems have a higher installation cost when compared to conventional systems because of the buried loop system. Some homeowners view the system as being too expensive and fail to see the whole picture. Geothermal will produce significantly cheaper utility bills and annual maintenance costs. The initial cost of a geothermal system can be tied into your monthly mortgage payment or other form of low interest financing option. The savings on your utilities easily cover the increase in your loan payment giving you the extra cash flow. A system will usually pay for itself within a three to five year span.

Free Hot Water Generation: As a bonus, geothermal systems can produce some or all of your hot water at much higher efficiencies than ordinary methods. A simple connection is made so the geothermal system can deliver hot water to be stored in your hot water heater. In fact, the heat removed from your home during the cooling cycle is deposited directly to the water heater instead of the ground. This provides you with virtually free hot water.

System Life Span: Ordinary systems require expensive regular maintenance for each unit - the furnace, the air conditioner, and the water heater. When properly installed, a geothermal system requires little or no maintenance beyond periodic checks and filter changes. Equipment life is prolonged since geothermal are located indoors and out of the varying climate and weather. Geothermal systems typically last more than 20 years if properly maintained.

Clean & Safe: Geothermal units do not use fossil fuels such as natural gas and propane. Threats caused by combustion are eliminated. No worries about flames, fumes, odors, or carbon monoxide.

Improved Comfort: Geothermal systems heat and cool homes evenly, eliminating the hot and cold blasts of air found with conventional systems. Geothermal also dehumidifies the air during hot summer months.

Quiet: Geothermal systems use the same principles that operate a refrigerator or freezer, and the units are just as quiet. There is no unsightly outdoor unit to disturb you or your neighbors.

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