Installing a geothermal cooling and heating system can be a smart move for California homeowners. Why? Here are a few reasons:
- They’re energy efficient. Because they transfer heat from the ground rather than burning fuel to create heat, geothermal systems boast an efficiency rating of 400 percent. That’s compared with the 95 percent rating offered by some high-efficiency gas furnaces. And it means geothermal systems provide four energy units for every one unit of electricity they use.
- They’re unobtrusive. Geothermal systems do not require an outdoor, aboveground unit like heat pumps and air conditioners. They operate smoothly and quietly; the noise levels created by geothermal systems have been compared to those of refrigerators.
- They’re a wise investment. The monthly savings on utility costs offset the purchase and installation price. The period required to earn back your original outlay on a geothermal system depends on your home, but it’s typically somewhere between three and eight years. And geothermal systems typically last longer than other heating and cooling systems. While most well-maintained furnaces last about 10 years, the indoor component of geothermal systems usually lasts 15 or more. The buried, ground loop, part of the system can last 50 years or more.
- They’re healthy for the planet. Geothermal systems don’t use combustion. They do not emit hazardous gases. And they use relatively little electricity.
Interested? The experts at All Year Heating, Air Conditioning & Solar would be glad to answer your questions about geothermal systems. Please contact us anytime.
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