Replacing, upgrading or installing a new heating and air conditioning system can be a daunting task. So many options are available, making it difficult to decide which one is right for you. Cost is a big consideration, as is a system’s environmental impact. Heat pumps are widely regarded as money savers, as they work to both heat and cool and are substantially more energy efficient than a gas or oil furnace.
Geothermal heat pumps, or ground-source heat pumps as they are sometimes called, work by extracting heat from the ground, which stays a constant 50 degrees year-round. The heat is then pumped indoors through an underground open- or closed-loop pipe system. In summer months, the reverse happens: heat is pumped from inside and dispersed underground.
There are many benefits of ground-source heat pumps.
- Homes receive both heating and cooling in one system.
- Homeowners can receive a 30 percent tax credit with no cap through 2016.
- Many manufacturers offer worthwhile rebates, while state incentives provide another money-saving opportunity.
- Many homeowners using geothermal heat pumps report reduced utility costs of up to 70 percent.
Geothermal heat pumps are clean, quiet and super efficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, they provide us with more beneficial energy than they use. Renewable energy instead of burning fossil fuels is better for our environment. An optional desuperheater, added to heat water before entering the hot water tank, provides additional energy savings during cooler months. Fewer working parts naturally allow for a quieter system.
Contact the professionals at Overland Park Heating & Cooling to learn more about geothermal heating and cooling systems for your home.
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