Get comfortable with renewable energy and geothermal heat pumps
Regardless of your feelings on global warming and the environment, energy use is a hot topic right now. And on average, heating and cooling accounts for around 51% of energy use in the average home. Homeowners digging for answers might find the source of their solution right in their own backyard – with a geothermal heat pump.
What IS a geothermal heat pump?
Geothermal heat pumps are some of the most economical heat pump systems currently available, in terms of energy use. They use buried loop systems to efficiently transfer heating energy into and out of your home. They are extremely efficient because they use one of the most stable and consistent heating sources available – the Earth.
Exceptional energy savings plus rebates and tax credits
Geothermal heat pumps raise the stakes for reduced energy use, especially compared to typical air-source heat pumps.
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, they can use 25% – 50% less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems.
- For additional energy savings, specially equipped systems can also provide hot water during the summer for no cost and reduced cost hot water during the winter months.
- Federal tax credits available until December 31, 2019 can help offset the cost of a new geothermal heat pump by as much as 30%3 in addition to utility company rebates that may be available in your area.
Getting comfortable with geothermal
Don’t let all of those efficiency numbers give you pause. These systems keep you just as comfortable as typical air-source heat pumps.
- Depending upon the model, they can offer many of the same comfort-enhancing features like variable-speed airflow and two-stage heating and cooling
- For convenience, they are compatible with many available smart thermostats.
- They offer the additional comfort of humidity control with the ability to maintain about 50% relative humidity inside your home
A lasting solution for your comfort
Because the geothermal heat pump is housed inside your home, it can offer higher potential for longevity than air-source, split-system models that sit outside exposed to the elements. And, the underground loop systems can last 25-50 years.
Moving away from the more traditional split-system heat pumps can be a major step for a major reduction in heating and cooling costs, increased reliance on a renewable energy source and opportunities to reduce your home’s overall carbon footprint when you opt for clean energy programs available through your local utility.
For a comprehensive explanation about how you can benefit from a geothermal heat pump for your home, contact your local Carrier HVAC contractor today.