Are you less than thrilled with your current heating or cooling system? Would you like to spend less money on utilities? Does the idea of being more self-sufficient or energy-independent appeal to you? Perhaps you’d like to know more about the geothermal options that are available.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems have been in use for over a century, but many people don’t know much about them. We’d like to change that! Here’s some information that might help you determine if this type of system might be a good climate-control solution for your home.
A Long Tradition
2,00 years ago, homes in Pompeii were heated with geothermal energy. There’s a geothermal heating system that’s been keeping a whole district cozy in Chaudes-Aigues, France since the 1300s! And geothermal energy has been heating greenhouses from Iceland to Tuscany to Idaho for about a century.
In 1852, the first heat pump was invented, and in 1912, a patent was filed by Heinrich Zoelly that integrated heat pump technology with geothermal energy. This was the birth of the type of system that is used for geothermal heating and cooling in Pensacola Beach, FL and all over the world now.
How Geothermal Heating and Cooling Works
Just four feet underground, the temperature is extremely stable. Heat pumps usually circulate refrigerant in coils that pass through the air to absorb and release heat. But that same heat pump technology can take advantage of the consistent underground temperature to regulate your home’s temperature. An antifreeze solution circulates through piping that is laid underground, providing low-cost climate control for your home all year long.
Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling
- Efficiency: Heat pumps are already more energy-efficient than traditional air conditioners. The additional efficiency of using geothermal energy to provide the medium for absorbing heat in the winter or releasing heat in the summer makes this type of system incredibly efficient, cutting down on your energy use by a very significant amount.
- Environmental Impact: Lowering your energy use is one of the best things you can do for the environment, and using the natural capacity of the Earth to regulate your home’s temperature will significantly reduce your use of other forms of energy.
- Tax Credit: Not only will you be keeping more money in your pocket thanks to your geothermal system’s efficiency and patting yourself on the back for doing the planet a favor, the government will reward you! There is a 30% tax credit available for those who install new geothermal systems for their homes.
- Self-Sufficiency: Maybe you’ve thought about getting solar panels to take advantage of the Florida sunshine and try to separate your energy needs from the utility companies. With a geothermal system, your energy use will be cut so drastically that you may need many fewer solar panels than you might expect. This could make it much easier to get off the grid completely and have total energy independence.
Trust the Professionals
Geothermal system installation is complex, but our team is highly qualified and experienced. We can install a system with minimal disruption to your home and routine, and we provide all the services—such as maintenance, repair, and eventual replacement—that your geothermal system will ever need.
For professional geothermal system installation, look no further than Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. Contact us today!