Summer is here, and that means longer days, more sunlight, and a greater cooling demand on your house. Only a lucky few of us have pools in which to take a refreshing dip, but 87% of homes in the U.S. have air-conditioning equipment. If your family always ends up congregating to the cooler rooms in the house when it’s scorching outside, it may be time to reconsider the system that cools the home in which you spend 70% of your time!
3 Advantages of Geothermal Energy for Cooling
In a traditional air conditioning unit, the process of liquefying and vaporizing refrigerant to remove heat from the home requires a great deal of energy to keep up with the summer heat. When you compare traditional methods to geothermal, the method of transferring heat to a loop system means that your home’s cooling will always be more efficient because the ground is consistently cooler than the surrounding air during peak air conditioning loads. Now, we can talk efficiencies all the live-long day but when it comes down to it, this means the average homeowner saves up to 50% on their air conditioning bills.
Bonus: If equipped with a desuperheater, or "hot water assist" feature, the heat pump can provide your home with hot water. because it draws the excess heat away from your home and diverts some of that energy to your home’s hot water supply. This feature improves the performance of the unit while saving homeowners 25% to 40% on water heating costs.
With a geothermal system, all the equipment is housed indoors. This means that you don’t have to worry about the unit failing due to excessive heat, and it’s not susceptible to other environmental factors such as inclement weather or even grass clippings and cottonwood seeds. With the unit being protected, this brings the life expectancy of the system to nearly 25 years. That’s 92% longer than the average life of a traditional air conditioner.
The comfort of a geothermal heating and cooling system extends to both physical comfort and peace-of-mind. Since the units produce no on-site emissions of carbon dioxide, and rely on the renewable energy of the Earth, they are extremely safe and quiet to operate. The properly sized geothermal pump also acts as a de-humidifier on top of its functionality as a cooling system. This produces a home environment that is cool and dry. Perfect if you have pets, an elderly family member, or just want to get away from the sticky, sticky outdoors for a moment!
When you switch from a traditional air conditioner to a geothermal system, you’ll not only save hundreds of dollars on your energy bill, but will enjoy a more efficient, more comfortable home.
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