How Efficient are Geothermal HVAC Systems?

There are many HVAC system options available to homeowners in Hanahan, South Carolina. One efficient option is right under your feet. A geothermal HVAC system heats and cools your home by using the relatively constant temperature under the earth’s surface. It can even supply hot water to your home. It’s also more environmentally friendly than a conventional heating system and less likely to breakdown. But just how efficient are geothermal HVAC systems?

Highly Energy Efficient

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, geothermal heat pumps are one of the most environmentally clean, cost-effective and energy-efficient systems available. Around 70 percent of the energy they use comes from renewable energy in the ground. On average, high-efficiency geothermal systems are 43 percent more efficient in cooling mode. They’re 48 and 73 percent more efficient than gas and oil furnaces.

Better Cost Efficiency

Although the installation price of a geothermal system is more than an air-source system, you’ll recoup your costs in energy savings within 10 years. This is the only cooling and heating technology that pays you back.

Installing a geothermal HVAC system is a long-term investment. How so? They’re designed and built to last a long time. You can expect to get about 25 years out of a geothermal heat pump and more than 50 years for ground loops.

Fewer Carbon Emissions

A geothermal system is more energy-efficient than a conventional HVAC system, especially in the summer months when it helps to lighten the load on the electrical grid. Since geothermal systems don’t need to burn fossil fuels to produce heat, they minimize the threat of:

  • Air pollution
  • Acid rain
  • Global warming
  • The greenhouse effect

Installing a geothermal system equates to planting 750 trees. The systems also produce higher air quality as they don’t cause carbon monoxide emissions. As a result, you can breathe easier knowing that you’re helping and not hindering the environment.

Berkeley Heating and Air Conditioning has the experience to install, service and maintain geothermal HVAC systems. Call us today at 843-277-6030 for more information about how a geothermal system can work for your home.

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