Geothermal heating and cooling …
simply the very best system on earth!
So you’re considering the installation of a geothermal heat pump system? Congratulations! You’ve made the very BEST decision for your heating and cooling needs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls geothermal the most efficient and best heating/cooling system available today.
Geothermal systems work in virtually any scenario – residential or commercial installations. Or new construction or retrofits of older buildings. They simply provide the most comfortable and affordable heating and cooling systems known to mankind.
Most geothermal systems provide you with a return on investment from day one of operation. Geothermal installations are more expensive than conventional systems – but they typically cut energy usage in half – sometimes more. It’s that energy savings that provides the return on investment. The dollars that you would be sending up the chimney, literally, go to paying for the additional cost of the geothermal system each month.
How does it work? Geothermal systems take advantage of the earth’s natural heating and cooling. The systems take the earth’s energy, transferring the heat that’s underground, and through a refrigeration process, maximizing it’s heating ability. In the summer, the process reverses, sending the heat and humidity that is indoors back into the cool ground. The earth is literally the fuel tank for the system – and because the earth’s energy is free, overall costs are greatly reduced. The geothermal system operates on electricity, used mainly to transfer energy from the ground to the indoors.
The key is to hire a competent dealer/contractor. Hire a good dealer who has done some successful installations. Get some references and contact some of them. Ask their opinion of the dealer’s work and their installation. Ask them if their system is performing well and providing energy savings. Hire the dealer in which you have confidence, not necessarily the dealer who provides the lowest bid on a system.
Lastly, be sure that the dealer has performed an energy assessment for the project and properly sized the geothermal equipment to provide maximum efficiency. The system needs to be sized properly for the space that will be conditioned. If it’s too small, it won’t heat or cool properly and backup systems will be called into play. This often means a disappointed owner who feels the system isn’t providing adequate savings. Likewise the system shouldn’t be too large. This will make the initial installation overly costly and an oversized system might not provide adequate cooling.
The properly sized – and installed – geothermal system will provide the very best heating and cooling known to man. Now and for years to come! We urge you to use Geothermal Alliance of Illinois member dealers who are committed to being the very best in the business!