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February 2020

Debunking Geothermal Myths

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When it comes to green energy, geothermal energy is one of the least understood. Consequently, its popularity pales in comparison to solar and wind energy options. This is often because of myths that have circulated for some time. Here are six of the most common, and the truths behind them.

Myth: Short Lifespan

Fact: All systems wear out over time, including solar, windmills, and your regular HVAC system. Solar systems last for 20 years, while windmills can last for 20 to 25 years. Regular HVAC systems typically need replacing at 15 to 20 years. Geothermal systems top them all with a lifespan of 25+ years.

Myth: Too Bulky

Fact: Many people believe they’ll lose too much square footage to a geothermal system in comparison to a traditional HVAC system. However, geothermal setups are actually compact and much of the system is underground.

Myth: Too Noisy

Fact: Not only are geothermal units not loud, but you might struggle to hear it at all. Homeowners who are light sleepers and struggle to sleep with the window unit or HVAC will appreciate the quieter space.

Myth: Only Useful in Warm Weather

Fact: The rumor goes that geothermal systems can only cool homes and so they only work in warmer weather. This notion is false. Underground temperatures are constant around the world, regardless of the above weather conditions. During the winter, heat pumps compensate for the cold air above to keep you warm.

Myth: Quite Costly

Fact: The initial setup of a geothermal system does require higher upfront costs than other traditional options, just like solar. However, they are becoming more affordable and the long-term savings are worth the initial investment.

Myth: Not Suitable for Homes

Fact: Homeowners often wonder how a geothermal system can be installed beneath an existing home, but modern-day engineering makes this an easy project. If you’re building your home from the ground up, it’s even easier.

Call the Professionals

If you’re interested in the installation, upgrade, or maintenance of a geothermal system, consider working with the east coast’s geothermal leader. Chesapeake Geosystems brings 30 years of experience to the table and is ready to serve you. Call 410-489-1712 or email us today to learn more.