Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re thinking of upgrading your present New Jersey home’s HVAC system or pondering what to put into the new home you’re building:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly you can buy. Their relatively uncomplicated technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to furnish your 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 harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a bit too grandiose? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t “messing” with the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the criteria for “renewable energy technology.” Sure, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the good you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power systems. In general, solar and wind technologies, whatever the pull of their “renewability,” consume 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 to begin with? No revelation there: most home lots in New Jersey and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly meager]55] piece of real-estate. {{The good news is, the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and extended to a depth of anywhere from 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any above-ground surface is needed in any event, 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 incredibly quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to perform significantly quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More reassuring still, 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 long-term heating and cooling solutions, built to last for generations. Present-day geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures assure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working perfectly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is sheltered indoors. At least, when it does in due course need repairing or replacing, you undoubtedly won’t be redoing the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be kept down.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need only simple and infrequent maintenance. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to hold up for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, need only sporadic scrutiny 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 discredited by steady improvements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be modified to multitask. Okay, so you’ve decided on heating your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home too? And what if you have a swimming pool? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more affordable – even in the absence of federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstitute federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological advances, new installation practices, and greater competition in the marketplace, primarily – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal professionals at J. Zanes LLC today. They’ll explain in detail the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your New Jersey home.