Are you looking for ways to save energy? With surging energy costs and seemingly no signs of the trend slowing down, it should come as no surprise that many people across the Portland area and even throughout the country are looking for ways to save on their monthly expenses. And when you consider that more than half of the energy the average American household uses every year is dedicated to heating and cooling, it’s easy to see why your heating and cooling system is a great place to start.
If you’re looking to save money by cutting energy costs each month, then upgrading your home to a geothermal HVAC system is a great way to go. Make no mistake, this is an investment in your home, but with the amount of money you could save, it’ll more than pay for itself in the long run. Here are three of the top reasons that people choose to make this switch to a geothermal system.
The biggest reason a geothermal HVAC system can help you save money is because they are incredibly energy-efficient. Geothermal heat pumps can be up to four times more efficient than your standard heating and cooling system, which in turn could reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as 70 percent on average! The Environmental Protection Agency even agrees, and says that geothermal heating and cooling systems have the lowest cost of ownership and operation over their lifetime compared to any other type of heating and cooling equipment.
And here’s the best part—they do it with an abundance of clean, completely-renewable energy, which means a reduced impact to the environment! How? The earth’s surface collects a massive amount of the sun’s energy and simply stores it in the ground below, where it sits. Geothermal systems tap into that energy by pumping a water/alcohol mixture into pipes buried underground beneath your home. Because the temperature underground remains a pretty constant 55 degrees, it becomes a great place to collect heat when it’s needed or remove heat when it’s not. This allows homeowners to recoup the costs of installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in as little as five to seven years.
Solar-powered heating systems can generally only produce during daylight hours, which means they’re only really effective during the day. Wind-powered heating and cooling systems are only effective during high-wind periods, and are essentially useless when the weather is calm. Only geothermal systems can consistently produce using a renewable energy source in any type of conditions—cold, hot, windy, calm, day, or night.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are also some of the longest-lasting HVAC systems you’ll find. Whereas a typical forced-air central heating and cooling system will last around 10 years or so before needing to be replaced, geothermal heating and cooling systems can last as long as 25 years or more before the heat pump needs to be replaced! The pipe systems buried under your home are often under warranty for 50 years or more, which means even longer before you need a total replacement!
Interested in a geothermal heating and cooling setup for your home? Call Pyramid Heating & Cooling at (503) 783-8488 today to request more information.