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How does a geothermal system actually work?

A geothermal system is designed to pull the consistent temperature from below the frost line—which is around 70 degrees—and circulate this air throughout your home. It’s installed by drilling four to six wells with affixed pipes. These pipes circulate water through a closed loop pump system underground. The water, depending on the time of year, will either be cooled or heated and then circulated through a refrigerant system. The air that’s treated is then distributed through a forced air system or radiant floor heating system. Ultimately, you’re using the natural temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home. Geothermal systems prove to have a high rate of return in the Springfield region.

Incentives to Switch 

Safety in your home: With a geothermal system, there’s no combustion at all to heat or cool your home. This greatly diminishes the possibility of a disaster happening. Furthermore, there’s only a small amount of electricity needed to run the system, which also limits potential safety issues.

Lower utility bills: Geothermal systems are more efficient to run in your home because they require less electricity than other systems. The energy efficiencies of these systems are far greater than traditional heating and cooling systems.

30% tax credit: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides a 30% tax credit for purchasing an Energy Star qualified geothermal system. This tax credit has no cap and can be applied toward the entire installation, material and equipment cost.

Environmentally friendly with a long life span: Geothermal systems run very efficiently. They produce much less carbon dioxide than a standard heating and air system and they have an incredibly long life span. A geothermal system can last from 20-25 years and closed-pump loops can last up to 50 years.

Geothermal is a great option to consider for your new home to ensure a long-lasting and efficient heating and air system. There’s also the 30% tax credit to consider, which will help offset the cost of a new system. If you have any questions about geothermal, please give us a call.