How Geothermal Works And Why You Should Switch
Heating and cooling your home with geothermal is the equivalent of planting 750 trees or removing two cars from the road FOREVER… and it’s now available for our residential customers in Des Moines and the surrounding areas. To find out how geothermal works and if geothermal is right for your home, give us a call at 515-657-6634.
How Geothermal Works
Geothermal technology exploits the heat found deep below the Earth’s surface, harnessing it using water pipes to directly heat homes. Note that heat is not created; it is found and then transported. A geothermal system uses the earth’s energy to heat and cool your home. No matter what the temperature is outside the earth’s temperature remains a constant 55 degrees. So how geothermal works is that heat pump systems remove the heat from your home in the summertime and then transfer that heat into the ground. In the wintertime, geothermal heating then absorbs the heat from the earth and distributes that heat in the home. There are many benefits to using this type of heating system:
Benefits Of Geothermal
- Reduce energy costs up to 70% for heating and 40% for cooling
- Four times more efficient than conventional furnaces and air conditioners
- Quiet, smooth operation without noisy outdoor equipment
- Safer and cleaner operation with zero potential for gas or carbon monoxide leaks
- Reduces dryness in the winter months
- Lasts much longer than conventional heating and cooling systems
- 30% Renewable Energy Tax Credit
- Geothermal rebates available from MidAmerican Energy
- Free renewable energy source without smog, pollution and burning of fuel
Saving The Planet, One Geothermal System At A Time
Geothermal as a source for providing comfort in homes and businesses will play a significant role in reducing the consumption of our precious natural resources such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Geothermal energies impact will be so large because it leaves no carbon imprint. This energy source is environmentally friendly does not produce harmful greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere. Each home that uses geothermal energy to provide heat and cool has the environmental impact of planting 750 trees or permanently removing 2 cars from the road forever!
How Much Does Geothermal Heating And Cooling Cost
Ongoing research and development in geothermal are putting it far ahead in the race for cost-saving energy. With geothermal using energy stored in the earth from the sun to generate electricity, it is not affected by the volatile rising costs of fossil fuel.
Cost-competitiveness is one of the factors that will play a very important role in determining the future of each renewable energy source, and geothermal energy is no exception. Currently, in terms of production cost, geothermal energy is a very respectable energy source with 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is very similar to production costs of wind energy. Compare this to natural gas production costs at 7 cents and petroleum around 10 cents, geothermal energy is leading the charge.
Geothermal energy is not affected by weather conditions. Compare this to the wind and solar and this is where geothermal pulls ahead of the pack as a renewable energy source. With solar the sun is not always shining as with wind energy the wind is not always blowing. Geothermal energy is always available and the ground temperature remains a consistent 55 degrees, no matter what the weather conditions are.Return