Geothermal heating is an environmentally-friendly method for your home’s heating system. By harnessing energy from beneath the earth – including solar energy that’s absorbed by the ground – geothermal heating systems provide unparalleled efficiency for homes and businesses.
There’s much to learn before having a geothermal heating system installed for your home. Here, we’ll cover five key points that all homeowners should know about geothermal heating, from costs to maintenance and everything in between.
Geothermal Heat Pumps Have Great Longevity.
Geothermal heating systems are long-lasting, especially when compared to other types of heating systems. Remarkably, many geothermal systems come with a warranty of 50 years or longer, so you won’t have to worry about repair or replacement costs for decades. Also, the in-home heat pumps used in geothermal heating last for up to 25 years, meaning that many homeowners will relocate before ever having to worry about replacing them.
Geothermal Heat is Energy-Efficient.
Geothermal heat operates with a renewable energy source: the sun! There’s no combustion of fossil fuels at your home when you use a geothermal heat system (although the pump itself uses electricity, which could be produced with fossil fuels). With zero on-site combustion, geothermal heat eliminates several safety and air quality concerns within your home.
Additionally, geothermal heating systems reduce the burden on electric grids. Electricity consumption leads to greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the release of other pollutants. By lowering your home’s use of electricity with a geothermal system, you can lighten your impact on the environment.
Energy Savings with Geothermal Heat
Geothermal heating systems offer exceptional energy savings for homeowners. Generally, replacing your current home heating system with a geothermal system can cut down your energy bill by 30 to 70%. After approximately five to seven years, your geothermal system will likely have paid for itself in energy savings. Plus, when you consider the long lifespan of a geothermal heating system, it will cost less overall than traditional heating systems, which would need to be replaced or repaired more frequently.
Geothermal Heat is Consistent.
Geothermal heating systems are remarkable in their consistency. When compared to other eco-friendly energy options, geothermal systems create heat more steadily.
Consider solar heating systems as a direct competitor to geothermal heat. A solar system can only gather energy when the sun is shining. Once the sun sets, your solar system can’t accumulate or store any energy. Geothermal heating systems, on the other hand, gather energy from hot water stores underground. This means that geothermal systems can operate consistently at any time of day, all year round.
As a Colorado homeowner, you need your home energy system to function steadily. Otherwise, how will you be able to keep your living spaces at a comfortable temperature? Geothermal heating systems provide the steady, consistent energy stores that homeowners and their families need.
Geothermal Heating Systems Are Low-Maintenance.
Minimal maintenance is required for geothermal heating systems, making them a practical choice for homeowners. The low maintenance needs of geothermal heating systems come down to the fact that most of their components are underground. Buried components aren’t nearly as susceptible to damage as those that are exposed around your home, such as the parts of an underfloor heating system.
The limited maintenance tasks required for geothermal heating systems include:
- Cleaning the filter to prevent condensate drain clogs
- Balancing the antifreeze level in the underground piping
- Inspecting the piping and ductwork
- Cleaning dirt, dust, and debris from the indoor components
Geothermal Heat Comes at a High Price Point.
While we’ve discussed the remarkable benefits that geothermal heating has to offer, there’s another big factor to consider: its upfront cost. While you’ll save money in energy costs over time with this type of heating system, the cost of installation is high.
The size and accessibility of your plot, the condition of your soil, the system setup, and the extent of labor needed for installation will impact the upfront cost of your geothermal heat system. But, generally speaking, the price can range from $8,000 to over $20,000.
Geothermal heat is a sizable investment in your home’s heating system. While initial costs are high, you have much to gain from this energy-efficient heating option.