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The Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Harness Geothermal Energy to Save on Budget & Energy

With extreme hot and cold swings common in the St. Louis area, Geothermal technology is growing in popularity as an energy efficient heating and cooling system that provides stability of temperature and comfort. In fact, clients who recently installed geothermal heating and cooling system in their Warson Woods new construction home messaged us to share that during a historic cold snap, their unit was easily managing their needs with little effort or energy expended.

How Geothermal Energy Works in Your Home

If your home’s lot is suitable for it, Geothermal is a great technology that taps into the earth’s near-constant temperatures underground to heat and cool the home. Wherever you live, the temperature beneath your home remains constant – around 55 degrees in summer or winter. By leveraging these underground temperatures, geothermal heating and cooling systems are able to heat and cool your home air & water, while saving you up to 80% in energy costs.

How Geothermal Energy Works Residential

To access this stable, underground temperature, an underground heat pump is attached to a series of underground loop pipes. Inside the pipes, you’ll typically find water mixed with an environmentally-friendly antifreeze solution.

In summer, the heat pump takes heat from the air in your home and transfers it into the underground loop system, which releases that energy underground into the cool earth. Now cool to a comfortable temperature, the air is circulated in your home.

In winter, the system is reversed. Heat is extracted from the ground, compressed and delivered into your home. Using this system, there is no need to burn fossil fuels to heat your home, and because the system isn’t creating heat, but rather transferring heat from another source, there is an incredible energy savings realized in the heating process.

Geothermal Tax Credits, cost & investment

Since 2009, a Federal tax credit has nearly leveled the playing field and many homeowners are taking another look at Geothermal heating and cooling – as they may realize up to 30% of their investment returned through tax credits. In addition to that initial savings, homeowners are realizing up to 80% energy savings reflected in their monthly utility bills. See what our recent client in Webster Groves had to say about using geothermal in his home here.

Geothermal isn’t a brand new technology, in fact it’s hundreds of years old. But many people in the US and St Louis are just starting to discover the benefits to using this heating and cooling system in their homes over a standard HVAC system.

Geothermal is twice as efficient as a traditional system. A geothermal system still uses electricity to operate, however it uses much less than a traditional system. And because of the dramatic reduction in operating costs, homeowners begin saving money right away when they start using a geothermal system.

Geothermal offers homeowners a more stable energy price. Because the amount of energy used for a geothermal heating and cooling system is generally flat throughout the year, energy bills associated with geothermal are very low and owners do not see huge spikes in winter and summer months.

Geothermal systems outlast traditional HVAC systems by up to 5x. Geothermal systems typically have a lifespan of 15-20 years rather than a 7-10 year lifespan on a conventional furnace and air conditioning system. The ground loop of the geothermal system (the pipes buried in your yard) is made up of polyethylene pipe, the same pipe which is used in city gas lines, and they have a lifespan up to 50 years.

A Cleaner Way to Heat and Cool

The EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy recognize geothermal systems as the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool. Unlike other comfort systems, geothermal does not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other greenhouse gases which contribute to air quality pollution.  There is no combustion in a geothermal heat pump; therefore there is no chance of carbon-monoxide poisoning. By adding high efficiency air cleaners with geothermal, a high indoor air quality level can be reached.

Considering building a custom home? Let us help you design and build a home that fulfills your vision for your future home. When you work with Hibbs Homes, everything is possible – from stylistic choices to options like geothermal energy. Let’s discuss your family’s needs, vision, and budget. Contact us for a quick phone conversation or to set up a time to start planning. 

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