For most people in the Marco Island, FL, area, the biggest chunk of their monthly electric bill goes toward keeping their homes cool with their air conditioners. However, there is a greener option to cool your home that could slash your energy costs and help the environment at the same time. By having a geothermal heat pump system installed, you will be able to harness free and renewable energy from the Earth’s core instead of relying heavily on electricity produced by power plants.
How Geothermal Energy Works
Just a few feet underground, the Earth’s surface remains between 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year regardless of the air temperature above. This warmth is radiated from the energy that is produced from the Earth’s core that travels up through the various layers to the surface. Geothermal energy is free and renewable unlike the limited supply of fossil fuels that are used to produce energy at power plants.
You can tap into this free and green energy source by having a geothermal heat pump installed at your home. Unlike an air source heat pump that absorbs heat energy from air and transfers it to and from your home, a ground source heat pump draws the energy from the Earth. The heat pump does require a minimal amount of electricity to run, but it is far less than what a traditional air conditioning system would use.
Depending upon its setting, a heat pump can both cool and heat your home, which makes it a suitable replacement for your heater also. When set to its cooling mode, the heat pump will draw the heat from inside your home and transfer it outdoors into the ground where it is dispersed, while providing cooled air into your home. During the cooler months, a flip of the switch reverses the process and heat is transferred indoors to replace the cooler air that is drawn out of your home.
There are three main components to this type of heat pump:
- Heat exchanger. A network of piping will be installed into a hole that is drilled approximately 10 feet into the ground near your house. This network will contain the liquid that will be circulated in the system that will transport the heat energy between the ground and your home.
- Heat pump. This component is installed above ground and pumps the fluid throughout the system. With proper maintenance, this piece of equipment has a life expectancy of 25 years.
- Distribution unit. Similar to a blower fan, this component delivers the cooled air through your home’s ductwork.
Benefits of Geothermal Cooling
Aside from the energy savings, one of the best features of a heat pump system is the constant comfort it provides. When run continuously, the air in your home will remain at a stable temperature without the uncomfortable blasts of cold air you get with a central air conditioning system. The air quality in your home will also be improved with better humidity control.
While the initial cost to have a geothermal heat pump installed is higher than a traditional new AC installation, you need to consider the overall savings over the life of the unit are much higher. You may be eligible for up to 30 percent of your costs in federal tax credits that will help recover some of the initial expense.
If you want more information about geothermal options for your home, call Accurate Comfort Services. We have been providing home heating and cooling solutions to homeowners in the Marco Island and surrounding area for almost 40 years and offer competitive pricing in addition to our superior service.