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Understanding the Truth Behind Geothermal Myths

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Understanding the Truth Behind Geothermal Myths

Green energy is a popular option, but many people don’t understand geothermal. There are a lot of myths that surround geothermal energy that might have deterred you from considering it. The following myths are among the most common and we would like to set them straight. Once you understand the truth, it will be clear just how beneficial geothermal heating and cooling is.

Myth 1: It Takes Too Long to Install

Installing a geothermal system doesn’t actually take that long. It might be a few months between the initial estimate, the design, permitting, planning, and the finishing touches on installation, but the amount of time the installers are in your yard won’t be longer than a few weeks in most cases. The entire in-person process only includes drilling, trenching, and installation, then it’s done.

Myth 2: It Requires a Large Yard

The ground loop installation of your geothermal system will determine the amount of space required to install. While horizontal ground loops will require a large yard, you don’t have to install that way. Vertical ground loops are another option, and the preferred option if you have a smaller yard.

Myth 3: It Requires Too Much Maintenance

Most of the parts of your geothermal system are going to be located beneath the ground, which makes them less likely to experience damage due to the elements. This can drastically cut down on the amount of maintenance required for your system. While you do need to change the air filters every three to six months and have the system inspected every few years, there’s not much to maintaining the system beyond that.

As you can see, many individuals have concerns when it comes to installing a geothermal system, but the majority of those concerns are due to a lack of education. If you are interested in learning more about geothermal energy and why it might be your best option, contact Chesapeake Geosystems today by calling 410-489-1712 or sending us an email!

Benefits of Installing a Residential Water Well

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Have you been thinking about installing a residential water well on your property? In addition to instant access to naturally filtered water, having a well at your home has several distinct advantages.

Avoid Chemical Exposure

Public water contains chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride, which can be difficult to remove from your water even with a filter system. By contrast, the water from residential wells is free of these substances, so you can avoid absorbing it when you drink, bathe, or cook with it. These chemicals also enter the soil when you garden and landscape with public water, causing damage to the local ecosystem.

Save Money

When you have your own well, you’ll no longer pay for the public water system. After running the numbers, most homeowners find it costs less to install and maintain a well than it does to pay rising municipal water fees. A private well can be especially cost-effective for large families who pay a premium for water usage. You may also be able to qualify for a tax credit toward the cost of installation.

Establish a Reliable Water Supply

Issues with city water can result in low flow, low quality, or even limited water access. With a residential well, you can tap into unlimited groundwater whenever you need a fresh supply. Service interruptions from water main breaks will be a thing of the past.

In addition to these practical benefits, many Maryland residents report improved water taste after installing a well. Those who currently live in an area with hard water find that well water does not contain the minerals that can leave a dull, filmy residue on skin, hair, clothing, and dishes.

If you want to learn more about making this cost-effective, environmentally friendly upgrade, contact the team at Chesapeake Geosystems. We specialize in comprehensive residential well installation and service. Call 410-489-1712 or email us today to get a quote for your residential water well.

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Why You Should Choose Geothermal When You Build a New Home

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Building a new home is an exciting time with lots of options. You get to choose colors, styles, materials, textures, systems, and a wide variety of other features. It is a chance to make your home unique to your family. If you’ve been looking at different heating and cooling options, you may have run across geothermal systems. The following are some benefits of going geothermal when you build your home.

Financial Savings

The upfront cost of installing a geothermal system compared to a conventional HVAC system is slightly higher, though they are pretty similar. The savings come in when you start getting monthly bills. Your electric bill will be much lower in the summer when the air conditioner turns on, making this an obvious benefit. There are also many government incentives you could look into, saving even more on your initial installation of a geothermal system.

Easy Installation

Because you are building a new home, nothing will have to be disturbed to install your geothermal system. You can customize the location of the vents and other components without having to rearrange anything that’s typically included in a new home.

Less Maintenance

There are two parts of a geothermal system that may need to be replaced over time. The ground loops could last you anywhere from 50 to 100 years. The heat pump could last up to 25 years. Compare that to a conventional system that needs continual maintenance, repairs, and replacements after only 10 to 20 years, and you can see how much less work this type of system is.

Contact a Professional for More Information

There’s a lot to geothermal systems that you’ll want to understand if you are building a new home and need a quality option for your heating and cooling system. Contact Chesapeake Geosystems today by calling 410-489-1712 or sending us an email to get started.

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Understanding Closed Versus Open Loop Geothermal Systems

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The point of geothermal systems is to use ground loops to regulate temperature in a home. If you are considering a geothermal system, you have probably heard the terms “closed loop” and “open loop”. Here is what you need to know about both.

Know the Differences Between Closed Loop and Open Loop Systems

A closed loop geothermal system utilizes a heat transfer solution through buried pipes. You fill the loop just once, with a moderate amount of solution, requiring little work once this is done. The pipes connect to an indoor heat pump to provide temperature control.

Open loop systems take clean groundwater and deliver it to an indoor geothermal pump. When the water leaves the home, it goes through a discharge well. The water may then be re-directed into a local pond or drainage ditch.

Understand the Advantages and Disadvantages of Both

An important factor for most people making decisions about their home, is cost. With an open loop system, you do not need to drill or bury pipe. Making it the cheaper option in terms of installation. A closed loop system, on the other hand, requires trenching, drilling, and burying.

Next, is the question of durability. Open loop systems do degrade over time, especially when there is a high mineral content. Closed loop systems, while initially more expensive, can last for 50 or more years with minimal maintenance. Once installed, it becomes a permanent piece of the property.

Talk to the Professionals

Overall, installing a geothermal system for your home can provide many benefits. If you are still unsure if it’s right for you, contact the professionals at Chesapeake Geosystems. Call 410-489-1712 or email us today, we will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Protect Your Well Water

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Contaminated well water can pose several risks to your health and the health of others. Keeping your well free from pollution is the key to keeping your water, and those around you, safe. The following are a few ways you can prevent pollution from affecting your water well.

Pay Attention

While your water may be tucked away beneath the ground, out of sight out of mind does not apply. In the area surrounding your well, there are a few things you must pay close attention to, including:

  • Disposal – Keep all your waste and other disposed items away from the well.
  • Runoff – You don’t ever want runoff to seep down into the well, so make sure your drainage system works properly and directs runoff elsewhere.
  • Chemicals – Don’t ever use fertilizers, pesticides, or other chemicals near your well site.
  • Septic System – Keep your septic system well maintained so you don’t have any cross-contamination.

Schedule Regular Tests

Your well water should be tested on a regular basis. These tests check for minerals, pollutants, lead, sulfate, and bacteria that shouldn’t be in the water. There could also be some serious problems with your groundwater, and testing will alert you to them. Experts recommend you have a test performed once per year, but if you have individuals in your home with certain health risks, more frequent tests may be advised.

In addition to regular tests, you should contact the professionals to test your well water if there has been a flood, you’ve replaced any component of your well water system, it has malfunctioned, or there is a construction project going on in the neighborhood.

Contacting the Professionals

To learn more or to schedule an inspection, contact a professional today. Contact Chesapeake Geosystems by calling 410-489-1712 or sending us an email today!

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The Advantages of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

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Geothermal pumps are becoming more popular as a heating and cooling system option. With the upfront costs, you may wonder if it is worth it. The following advantages will make it clear that geothermal heating and cooling, is in fact worth every penny.

Quiet Operation

The entire system runs quietly. There are no outdoor condensing units and the units indoors are quiet. This can be a relief from traditional HVAC systems.

Safe System

The safety of your home is always a priority. There is no combustion involved with these systems, therefore, no concern. Carbon monoxide poisoning is also not a worry for families with geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Comfortable Air Quality

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you deserve comfort. Geothermal heat pumps purify the air and dehumidify, improving your overall indoor air quality. If you have allergy sufferers in your home, this type of system is very advantageous.

Lower Costs

Homeowners have to think about affordability. The initial cost of a geothermal heat pump can be higher than more traditional options. However, what makes the pump worth it, is the money you will save over time. The lower operating costs will more than make up for it. In fact, these pumps could end up paying for themselves in as little as three years.

In addition to the cost savings after the initial installation, you will have your geothermal pump for at least 10 to 15 years. As long as you keep up with regular maintenance, they can last you over a decade. Part of what keeps them running so long is the fact that they are underground and not subject to the same elements as other systems.

Eco-Friendly System

When it comes to environmentally friendly ways to heat and cool your home, geothermal is one of the top ways to do so. In fact, it does not produce any carbon monoxide or greenhouse gases. It will not add to your carbon footprint and uses very little electricity over the course of the year.

Geothermal heating and cooling systems can lower your overall costs and provide you with safe, clean air. For more information, contact Chesapeake Geosystems by calling 410-489-1712 or emailing us today!

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.

What You Need To Know About Geothermal and Sustainability

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Over the past few decades, people have shown a stronger interest in green energy. At first, people waited for governments to take the lead. When they failed to do so quickly enough, private enterprises stepped in to provide infrastructure and push green technology, such as solar.

This then allowed more consumers to step into the green energy market and take initiative themselves. Still, one type of green energy many people don’t discuss often enough is geothermal. Here’s what you need to know about it.

What Is Geothermal Energy?

Geothermal may sound like new technology, but it’s actually been around for several years. The process behind it is also fairly simple. There is natural heat beneath the earth’s surface. Geothermal technology allows homeowners to access this to regulate temperatures in their houses. Most people believe geothermal heat pumps only provide heat, but it can cool your home as well.

What Are the Benefits?

For people who are concerned about reducing their carbon footprint, this is an excellent way to achieve that goal. It provides clean and renewable energy with little effect on the natural environment beyond the initial drilling process. Geothermal energy creates less carbon dioxide emissions than natural gas plants — roughly one-sixth.

Geothermal also helps to fill the gaps left by solar energy. The cost of installation for a solar energy system that can heat and cool a home can be expensive. Air conditioning units use a lot of energy. Now, you can use a smaller solar installation for the rest of your needs while relying on geothermal for heating and cooling.

How Long Does It Take?

One of the biggest concerns homeowners often have is how long it will take to install the system. After all, drilling into the earth sounds like a fair bit of work. It takes roughly two days, depending on weather conditions and soil type.

Contact Chesapeake Geosystems

Chesapeake Geosystems provides geothermal HVAC systems for residences in the Maryland and D.C. area. Call 410-489-1712 or email us today for more information.

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What to Know About Geothermal Tax Benefits

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If you are thinking about installing a geothermal HVAC system, you probably already know many of the benefits. What you may not realize is that there are also tax benefits to the installation. If you want the best savings possible, in terms of tax credits, you will want to install your system as soon as possible. Here is what you need to know about the benefits.

What Is the Energy Credit?

An energy credit is a 30% credit that was reinstated through 2019. You can apply it retroactively to any installation after January 2017. This tax will decrease in percentage over the next few years. Through 2019, it is 30% of your total costs, in 2020, it will be 26% and in 2021, it will be 22%.

What Is Eligible for the Credit?

If your geothermal equipment meets the Energy Star requirements and uses stored energy from the ground, then it is eligible for a tax credit. You can cover the expenses of labor, preparation, and installation. If you have more than one property and system, you can claim more than one. Now, you cannot claim the credit if you spend it on equipment used for hot tubs or pools. You also cannot claim it on rental homes.

How Do You Claim the Credit?

In order to claim the credit, you would have to use IRS Form 5695. You can use this tax credit to offset regular income taxes and alternative minimum taxes. If your tax credit exceeds the tax liability, then you can carry the excess amount for future years.

When it comes to a geothermal HVAC system, you not only have a more energy-efficient cooling and heating system but also you can claim tax credits. To install or repair your geothermal HVAC to take advantage of tax savings, contact Chesapeake Geosystems by calling 410-489-1712 or emailing us today to learn more!

How Geothermal Systems Keep Your Home Warm in Winter

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How Geothermal Systems Keep Your Home Warm in Winter

Most homes receive heat through a heat pump. Heat pumps siphon heat from outdoor air to provide the interior with warmth. Often, in cold temperatures, the energy efficiency of a heat pump reduces. Geothermal pumps, on the other hand, do not have this problem. These are ground-source pumps. They are more reliable than other forms of heating because it does not matter what the outside temperature is. They also offer savings beyond heat pumps and gas and electric furnaces. Here is why it works so well.

How Does Geothermal Heating Work?

Geothermal pumps draw heat from the outside like a standard heat pump. The biggest difference is the location that the pump draws it from. A geothermal pump uses a mixture of water and antifreeze from underground loops to gather heat. Then it passes it through a heat exchanger, sends the heat to the refrigerant and circulates through the components of the heat pump.

Now, the reason that the outdoor temperature does not matter is because the loops are deep enough underground that they do not come in contact with the frost. Meaning, it does not matter how cold the ground is during winter. Anything deeper than five feet in the Earth maintains a temperature of 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. That is enough warmth for a geothermal heat pump to use without any strain. In the summer, if you use it for cooling, it is still cool enough underground to cool your home efficiently.

If you have a problem with energy efficiency in the winter, then you may want to think about your heat pump. Geothermal pumps work because they do not draw on frigid outdoor temperatures. When it drops below freezing, your pump has to work extra hard to warm your home. Underground, there is a more consistent temperature for your pump to rely on. For more information on geothermal HVAC systems, contact Chesapeake Geosystems by calling 410-489-1712 or emailing us today!