Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you know nothing else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re looking into retrofitting your current Las Cruces home’s HVAC system or at a loss for what to use in the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are among the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their relatively uncomplicated technology harnesses subterranean temperatures to furnish your Las Cruces home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a unique – and uniquely harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too highfalutin? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t destroying the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems meet the standards of “renewable energy technology.” Certainly, they run off of electricity. But they don’t demand much of it for all the value you get. Just one unit of electricity can transport as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power systems. The truth is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the pull of their “renewability,” consume four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems will be hardly noticeable on your property. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No eye-opener there: most home lots in Las Cruces and elsewhere anymore occupy a fairly small the polyethylene piping needed for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Almost no above-ground surface is called for at any rate, whether vertical, horizontal, open (well water), or pond loops are installed. Result? You can keep your little patch of paradise a whole lot greener.
  5. Geothermal HVAC systems are remarkably quiet. Every element of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run significantly quieter than traditional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. More comforting still, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the aggravation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are durable heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Modern geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures ensure ground loops of uncommon longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will keep on working flawlessly for decades. It helps, naturally, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does by and by need repairing or replacing, it’s not likely that you’ll be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively insubstantial.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems don’t need much maintenance at all. The earth loops, as mentioned, are designed to endure for generations, and when properly buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, protected indoors from weather extremes, need only sporadic scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and an annual coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as proficient in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been essentially laid to rested by ongoing advances in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be set up to multitask. Very well, so you’ve determined you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to restore federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that expired December 31, 2016. That said, a number of factors – material and technological enhancements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to bring geothermal solutions more in line with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal wizards at Sun City Plumbing & Heating today. They’ll give you the full skinny on the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your Las Cruces home.