Given the environmental concerns of the present day, many Kansas homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Geothermal heating and cooling offers one such option, reducing harmful emissions while improving energy efficiency. Thus, going green not only helps the environment, it alleviates the financial burden of heating and cooling your home.
The benefits of geothermal heating and cooling include:
- Up to 50-percent reduction in electricity when compared to traditional methods.
- Capable of decreasing energy consumption and corresponding emissions by as much as 44 percent relative to open air source heat pumps.
- Capable of decreasing energy consumption and corresponding emissions by as much as 72 percent relative to electric resistance heating and traditional A/C.
- Improved control of relative indoor humidity levels.
- Equipment built to last, with geothermal heat pumps often providing 20-plus years of service and underground piping lasting as long as 50 years.
- Reduced noise in and out of doors.
How are geothermal heat pumps so effective? Basically, geothermal systems use the earth as a source of heat exchange. Whereas an open air-source heat pump depends on the heat of outdoor air and thus lose efficiency during colder portions of the winter, geothermal systems are efficient all year-round thanks to the consistent temperatures of the earth.
Of course, many Kansas homeowners are deterred by the high installation costs of a geothermal system. What they’ve failed to consider, however, is the long-term efficiency of the system. In most cases, a geothermal system pays for itself within the first 5 to 10 years of use. When you stop to consider the 20-plus year lifespan of the equipment, suddenly it’s not such a bad investment. In addition, depending on the system you choose, you may be eligible for energy-based tax credits, rebates, and incentives at the federal, state, and local levels.
Geothermal heat pumps provide a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the more traditional means of heating and cooling your home. For more information about the benefits of going green with geothermal, contact the trained technicians at Overland Park Heating & Cooling for expert consultation.
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