If you are having a new home built or need to have your whole HVAC system revamped, you should at least consider having a geothermal heating unit installed. The whole premise behind geothermal heating is the fact that the earth maintains a constant temperature between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit at a mere eight feet underground. A geothermal unit uses this to heat your home in the winter and then can cool the house in the summer. Here are a few benefits you will notice with this system.
Lower Heating and Cooling Bills
When you use the earth to heat your home you do not need to use any fossil fuels. While you will need to use electricity to run the pump, it is not creating any heat so the amount needed is much less than if you were using it to run the furnace. When it comes to cooling, the amount of electricity needed is also considerably less. The amount of electricity needed will be similar to that of a swimming pool pump.
The interior parts of a geothermal HVAC system (the parts that force the heated or cooled air through the house) are much more durable than other heating system parts. A regular system is expected to last roughly 15 years whereas a geothermal system won't need to be replaced for at least 30 years. The pipes and tubes placed in the ground to transfer the heat will last up to 200 years. It is highly possible that you will never have to replace any portion of the system while you live in that house.
Everyone needs to take responsibility for their carbon footprint and use fossil fuels wisely. In addition, you need to be aware of any chemicals you are putting in the air by burning the fossil fuels. When you have a geothermal HVAC system installed you can considerably cut down your carbon footprint. You will be saving fuels for use by future generations and keeping the air clean so they can breathe it without getting ill.
Talk with an HVAC professional about the possibility of a geothermal heating installation. make sure you ask if there are any tax breaks or other incentives that will help with the initial cost of the system. Of course, the amount of money you save on your heating and cooling bills will pay for the unit and installation over time.