Winters in southeastern Michigan can be brutally cold, but with geothermal heating, you’ll be able to keep your home comfortably warm by tapping into the stored heat underground. Several feet beneath the top surface of the soil, the temperatures are moderate year-round, and there’s adequate heat to warm your home for the entire heating season. In the summer, the geothermal heat pump (GHP) reverses the cycle and takes the heat from your home and releases it underground.
Besides not using any fuel except for electricity, a geothermal heat pump gives you these benefits:
- Reduced electrical consumption. These systems use between 25 and 50 percent less electricity than other types of HVAC systems. The heat pump can provide three times the heat or cooling energy from one unit of electricity.
- Lower water heating costs. If you use a GHP, you have the option of adding a desuperheater to it to heat your water in the summer.
- Quiet backyard. A GHP doesn’t use an outdoor condenser, which frees up your backyard space and keeps noise to a minimum. Instead, these systems have an underground loop field and an indoor blower.
- Low impact on the environment. Most homes in our region use natural gas for heating. Geothermal heating doesn’t use any fuel source, except for the renewable heat stored underground. It creates no emissions and there’s no danger of carbon monoxide entering your home from a GHP.
- Durability. The underground loop field can last as many as 50 years, while the indoor blower may reach 25 years or more with annual maintenance and routine filter cleaning or replacement.
- Tax credits. The federal government is offering a 30 percent tax credit for homeowners who install qualified GHPs before the end of 2016. This credit has no cap on the cost of the equipment and its installation. Both new and existing homes qualify, as do primary and secondary homes.
If you’d like to learn more about geothermal heating and its suitability for your home, contact Aladdin Heating & Cooling. We provide HVAC services for Oakland County, including Shelby Township, Utica and Rochester.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about geothermal heating and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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