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What is Geothermal Energy?
You may have heard of it, but not really know what it means. Geothermal energy is heat from the earth. This heat is produced by shallow (in planetary terms) layers of hot rock and water all the way down to magma at the deepest levels. That heat travels up through the earth and creates a near constant temperature in the upper 10 feet of the earth. By capturing that heat and using it, your heating systems can provide you with a wonderful and renewable option to your current system for heating in Portland.
Top 5 Reason to go with Geothermal Heating
- Renewability – Recognized by the EPA as the single most environmentally safe energy available, going geothermal is one of the best things you can do for the planet. For comparison, it’s been found that the installation of a geothermal system when installed by a certified HVAC contractor is equivalent to removing two cars from the road or planting 750 trees. That’s phenomenal.
- Reliability – A large scale test was done at Fort Polk Army Base. This involved replacing the electric units in 4,003 housing units with geothermal options. They found that service calls on hot days dropped from 90 to 0. These systems require almost no maintenance beyond filter changes and basic checks. A properly maintained system can typically last as long as 20 years.
- Savings – Though they have an initial higher cost for installation, the overall savings to your heating & cooling costs are tremendous when switching to geothermal heating. Studies have shown that a cost recoup for the system usually happens in as little as 3 to 5 years. Remember that 20 year life span? That leaves you with 15 to 17 years of savings before needing a replacement. You can realistically expect to save 30% to 70% over electric methods depending on the size of your house.
- Freebies – Geothermal systems can transfer heat during cooling cycles directly into your water. This heats your water for free or at a severely reduced cost. There are also many tax credits you can claim after the installation of your geothermal system.
- Comfort – Geothermal systems are some of the safest and cleanest available. There are no flammables and they produce no waste. Best of all, they heat your home evenly and quietly.
With so many incredible reasons to choose geothermal heating, you need someone who knows how to install one correctly. Finding the right HVAC contractor can be crucial for both the reliability of the heating system and finding the right price. The Earth Heating specializes in geothermal heating, so Contact us today and find out if geothermal is the right option for you.