Saving The Planet, One Geothermal System At A Time
With an increase in high-tech solutions and more tax credits for homeowners, geothermal is becoming increasingly popular. The temperature underneath your home can range between 40-50 degrees which is stable enough to draw heat or cooling year-round. While the initial cost of a geothermal system can be high, it will last for more than 50 years and the operating costs are incredibly affordable, especially as fuel costs continue to rise.
Did You Know?
Heating and cooling your home with geothermal is the equivalent of planting 750 trees or removing 2 cars from the road FOREVER…and it’s now available for our residential customers in Des Moines, IA metro area.
- Uses free, renewable energy from the earth
- Precise temperature and humidity control
- Cools 20% – 40% more efficiently than other cooling systems
- Heats 50% – 70% more efficiently than other heating systems
- Energy reductions help the system pay for itself in five to seven years
- Doesn’t burn fossil fuels, so there are no CO2 emissions
- Helps reduce peak season electrical demands
- Safe and clean, with no flames, fumes or flues
- Quiet operation; no outdoor condensing unit required
- Lowest life-cycle cost of all heating systems
- Often qualifies for state and federal energy tax credits plus utility rebates. Currently 26% federal tax credit.
To find out if geothermal is right for your home, fill out the form or call us at 515-657-6634.
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Think Geothermal, Think Savings.
How would you like to heat and cool your home to the ideal temperature, all year round, for approximately a dollar per day? Service Legends specializes in geothermal in Central Iowa. We turn the free energy source in your backyard into perfect comfort. While the initial investment is larger than with conventional temperature control, most homeowners recover the cost in under five years. And since the indoor heat pump can be expected to last upwards of 20 years and the underground loop system is warrantied for 50 years, you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy unmatched energy efficiency, quiet sound levels, exceptional air filtration, and the most environmentally responsible system on the market.
How We’re Different From Our Competitors
Don’t trust an amateur to install, maintain, or replace your geothermal system. Refrigerant piping must be set up properly, with specific measurements of distances that the refrigerant has to travel and a correct size calculation for how much heating or cooling will be needed. We can also provide maintenance in a simple yearly inspection.
Before we replace your system, we run a heat load calculation to determine proper size, take measurements, and present you with the best options for everything: a new condenser, new ductwork, new condensate drain lines, and any other options such as zone systems, UV light disinfectors, air purifiers and anything that would apply to your home’s comfort system and air quality.
We discuss your budget and look over rebate options, tax credits, energy efficiency, and of course, price, to find the ideal system for your home. And because a new home comfort system is one of the most expensive things most people pay for (next to a car and your home itself), we go over our financing options.
The Best Warranties & Guarantees
With Service Legends, you only get the best of the best! The most important day of a geothermal system is the day it is installed. We guarantee that our expert technicians and installation crew will install your geothermal system correctly – the first time.
We’re always glad to answer your questions, too. if your current system just needs a repair instead of a replacement, or help to understand the different models and options you’re considering, count on us. We’ll make sure you get the perfect new home comfort system that you’ll enjoy for many years ahead.
Plus, we have the best warranties and guarantees in the heating and cooling industry! Most systems come with 10-year parts and labor warranty. This means for the next decade you will pay nothing out of pocket for any repairs on the system.
When you want the most efficient heating and cooling system available, you want geothermal at Service Legends. Geothermal heating and cooling is both efficient and environmentally friendly and even better, it can pay for itself in as little as 5 years! Find out if your land is right for geothermal.
Get A Repair To Prevent Going Broke.
As a recognized expert in geothermal systems, Service Legends offers prompt, comprehensive repair and maintenance services.
Service Legends’ specially trained geothermal technicians can quickly and accurately diagnose your system’s issues. And our large stock of replacement parts helps get your ground source heat pump up and running fast. It’s no wonder that an independent customer survey shows a 97% satisfaction rating on the work we perform. Call our 24-hour line in the case of an emergency or schedule an appointment during office hours at 515-244-8911.
Routine geothermal maintenance
Your geothermal heating and cooling system works hard all year long, so it’s important to schedule routine maintenance to ensure the system is functioning properly, extend the life of your geothermal heat pump, maximize energy efficiency and identify potential problems. Bell Brothers provides expert geothermal repair and maintenance throughout Des Moines and Central Iowa.
Our NATE-certified professionals have years of experience working with geothermal heating and cooling systems. We offer expert, comprehensive geothermal system services that includes installation, repair, maintenance and replacement.
Why is NATE-certification important? It means our technicians are fully updated on all the latest information regarding all HVAC systems, and have absorbed and use this information for every job they do. Geothermal systems are laid out and installed like no other type of system around, so you want to have the assurance and peace of mind that the experts you are dealing with are, in fact, experts. This will never be a question when you call us for help with your geothermal system.
Service Legends is the place to call for all of your geothermal system needs in the Des Moines area!
Frequently Asked Questions
How does geothermal heating and cooling work?
Geothermal system operates like a standard air conditioning system in that it transfers heat, but does it more efficiently by transferring the heat to the ground through interconnecting loops. To put it simply, geothermal is a way to heat or cool a structure using the existing ground temperature. In the summer, the system removes the heat from your home and dumps it into the earth. In the winter, it extracts the sun’s energy from the ground and pumps it into your home providing the perfect comfort but in a very efficient manner.
Geothermal heat pumps can do all sorts of things—from heating and cooling homes to warming swimming pools. These systems transfer heat by pumping water or a refrigerant (a special type of fluid) through pipes just below the Earth’s surface, where the temperature is a constant 50 to 60°F.
During the winter, the water or refrigerant absorbs warmth from the Earth, and the pump brings this heat to the building above. In the summer, some heat pumps can run in reverse and help cool buildings.
What is a geothermal heat pump?
Heat pumps provide winter heating by extracting heat from a source and transferring it into a building. Heat can be extracted from any source, no matter how cold, but a warmer source allows higher efficiency. A ground source heat pump uses the top layer of the earth’s crust as a source of heat, thus taking advantage of its seasonally moderated temperature.
In the summer, the process can be reversed so the heat pump extracts heat from the building and transfers it to the ground. Transferring heat to a cooler space takes less energy, so the cooling efficiency of the heat pump gains benefits from the lower ground temperature.
Ground source heat pumps employ a heat exchanger in contact with the ground or groundwater to extract or dissipate heat. This component accounts for anywhere from a fifth to half of the total system cost and would be the most cumbersome part to repair or replace. Correctly sizing this component is necessary to assure long-term performance: the energy efficiency of the system improves with roughly 4% for every degree Celsius that is won through correct sizing, and the underground temperature balance must be maintained through proper design of the whole system. Incorrect design can result in the system freezing after a number of years or very inefficient system performance; thus accurate system design is critical to a successful system.
How is it installed?
A series of pipes transfers energy from the ground and these pipes can be buried in the ground, sunk in a pond, or even by using an existing well.
“Closed loops” use re-circulated fluid in a series of pipes installed vertically, horizontally, or in a pond. “Open loops” use well water.
Running the pipes vertically is a great choice for limited land space but horizontal loop systems can go in a variety of locations and work just as well at a reduced installation cost. Our experts at Service Legends can survey the site location and help determine the ideal location for your system.
How deep are geothermal ground loops buried?
In Iowa, geothermal ground loops are buried below the frost line typically about 6-10 feet deep.
Will an underground loop affect my lawn or landscaping?
No. Research has shown that loops have no adverse effects on grass, trees, or shrubs. Most horizontal installations require trenches about six inches wide. Temporary bare areas can be restored with grass seed or sod. Vertical loops require little space and do not damage lawns significantly.
My yard contains many shade trees. Will this affect ground temperature and my ability to use it as an energy source?
Not at all. The system is installed deep enough that it utilizes constant ground temperature.
Will my existing ductwork function with a geothermal system?
Yes, in most cases. Your home comfort advisor will be able to go over this with you during your free estimate.
Will I have to add insulation to my home if I install one of these systems?
Ground source heat pump systems will reduce your heating and cooling costs regardless of how well your home is insulated. However, insulating and weatherizing are key factors in gaining the maximum amount of savings from any type of heating and cooling system.
Why is geothermal the choice for me?
The average home’s cost for cooling, heating, and hot water are about 70% of the utility bill. By going green with a Geothermal system, you can put more green in your pocket.
Since our heating season in Iowa is so long, the geothermal system efficiencies can make a big impact on your energy costs throughout the winter. The temperatures underground vary little from summer to winter, making a geothermal system a good choice in our climate. In the summer, the lower operating costs of geothermal systems make cool temperatures and dry air a budget-friendly reality.
How much money can a geothermal system save me?
A geothermal system can typically save 25-50% versus traditional heating sources.
Still have questions? We’ll be glad to answer them, just reach out or contact us at 515-657-6634.