Myths about Ground Source Heat Pumps

Myths About Ground Source Heat Pumps

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Correcting Myths About Ground Source Heat Pumps and the Companies That Provide Them

Like many people, you may have become intrigued by the potential energy and cost savings of switching to a ground source heat pump. However, you may have heard some concerns about them as well. Here are corrections to some of the most common myths you may have encountered.

  1. They are electricity wasters.

Although ground source heat pumps do use electricity, it is a one to five ratio in terms of units of electricity used compared to how many cooling or heating units are moved to your home. This ratio is an example of the cost and energy saving benefits by using this type of system.

  1. They are noisy systems.

Actually, the heat pumps run quite quietly, so much so that you may not even be aware that they are working.

  1. They wear out quickly.

With the system installed into the earth and heat exchange equipment installed inside the building, ground source heat pumps can last for decades, allowing you to reap the benefits of this power saving system.

  1. Installation is expensive.

Geothermal companies can install these systems at a more reasonable price than you may think. In addition, there may be financing available from the manufacturer, and some tax incentives may also be offered at the local, state, or federal level.

  1. Any geothermal company will do.

This is an important place to do your homework. You want to work with a company that has a solid reputation and successful track record for installation of ground source heat pump systems.

To find out more about how installing a ground source heat pump can save you money, it’s best to contact a professional geothermal company. Call Chesapeake Geosystems today at 410-489-1712 or complete a contact form to get a free estimate on the costs and benefits of changing your heating and cooling system over to an eco-friendly alternative.

A Quick Fact Sheet About Well Inspection and Installation

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Access to a residential well provides a range of benefits for homeowners. In addition to avoiding recurring municipal or local water and sewer bills, having your own well means direct control over the safety and availability of your family’s water supply. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect when planning to have a well installed or inspected.

What Do Well Inspectors Look for When Examining a Well?

Routine inspections are vital to ensure the well is in good operating condition and the water supply is safe. It is usually recommended that homeowners schedule an inspection with a licensed or certified water systems professional at least once a year. A thorough examination should include:

  • Visual inspection of well and pump
  • Testing for impurities such as nitrates or coliform and anaerobic bacteria
  • Water flow and output testing
  • Recording where the well is situated in relation to property lines, septic systems and bodies of water

Can a Well Be Installed Anywhere?

Geology, topography and the existence of an adequate supply of year-round ground water are all important considerations when deciding where and if to drill a well. Your local drilling contractor should be able to give you a good idea of how successful a well would be in your area.

How Long Does Installation Take?

Once your contractor determines a good site, drilling and installation usually takes between 1-3 days, though deeper wells may take longer to complete.

Is a Pump Included in Installation?

Your contractor should be equipped to install a pump system as well. Once drilling is completed, technicians will be able to decide the size and type of pump that will work best.

Your Local Expert

Whether you need to schedule your annual inspection or want a free estimate on installing a new well and pump system on your property, at Chesapeake Geosystems, Inc. we offer a full suite of services to help. Contact us today by sending an email to or completing a contact form to learn more.

4 Things That Affect Your Well Pump Replacement Cost

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Many homeowners find they are out of their element when faced with repairs or maintenance around their home. First and foremost, many aren’t familiar with how expensive a repair project might be. This can happen when considering well pump replacements. There isn’t a standard estimate, as there are several things that affect your well pump replacement cost.

The Question of What

Although you may be experiencing problems with your well pump, it may not be the only part needing replacement. There are times when a bad pressure tank creates havoc with the well pump, creating a need for both items to be replaced. A comprehensive assessment of the situation is needed.

The Question of How

When looking to replace a well pump, increased costs can be associated with how the job is going to be done. The deeper the well, the costlier the installation. The number of labor hours involved, the length of pump cable needing to be run, and miscellaneous fittings all vary with how the replacement is completed.

The Question of Which One

There are some choices involved with replacing a well pump. Having a jet pump installed is a cost-friendly option, as they can be installed more easily, and they cost less than a submersible pump. The greater the horsepower and number of gallons pumped per minute will also affect the cost.

The Question of Who

Replacing a well pump is an involved process, and many homeowners do not have experience or equipment to handle the task. It is best to bring in a professional and have the job completed with experience and efficiency. It is a long-term cost investment, as it is an investment into a job done right.

If you are looking to address these concerns, focus on the question of who and you will find the solution. Chesapeake Geosystems brings professionalism to your well pump replacement project. We guarantee quality and offer customer-focused service. With our help, your well will be up and running in no time.

Contact us today by sending an email to or completing a form submission to get a free estimate for your next project.

How Do Water Wells Work?

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The word “well” may conjure up images of farmers pulling heavy wooden buckets from a stone hole, but modern water wells have eliminated the need for labor. At the most basic level, a water well is a no-fuss mechanism that collects groundwater and moves it through your home’s plumbing. While you’ll need a professional to actually install the well, you don’t need to be an expert to understand how water wells work.

Well Screen and Casing

At the well’s lowest point is the screen, which naturally filters out sediment and tiny debris. As water rises through the screen, it enters a length of pipe connecting the well system, called the casing.

Well Pump and Head

The water pump is the component that extracts water from the ground and sends it from the casing throughout the home. The pump can be submersible or mounted above ground. The well head consists of the tip of the casing sticking out of the ground, onto which a secure cap is placed to ensure no debris or curious creatures find their way into the well.

Distribution Pipe and Pressure Tank

After the water has been strained through the screen and pumped up the casing, it enters the distribution pipe, which connects the water directly to your home. A pressure tank is then used to force water through the plumbing of your home to ensure adequate water pressure from all faucets and fixtures.

A well is a simple system that typically requires only a quick installation and surprisingly little maintenance thereafter. Different water pump systems may change the well’s speed and efficiency, but all systems provide the same basic benefits. A water well is an investment that gets rid of the costs of city water usage and provides great-tasting, naturally filtered water.

Ready to make the switch? Contact Chesapeake Geosystems today by sending an email to or completing a form submission to get a free estimate for your next project.

Why You Should Consider Geothermal Energy

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Geothermal energy is the most efficient way to cool and heat any property. There are so many great aspects of geothermal energy that provide benefits to you and the environment, however, installing a geothermal system can be a big decision. Here are some facts to help you in this process.

1. It’s Safe

Geothermal is not only safe for the environment, but it provides increased safety for people. Since there is no production of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, or other harmful gasses, there is no concern for a leak or poisoning incident.

2. It’s Renewable

A source of energy that never ends is what runs that system you would be installing. A geothermal system will give you endless cooling and heating services all thanks to the heat generated beneath the Earth’s surface. Everyone stays much more comfortable as the system continuously works, as opposed to turning off and on as the temperature changes.

3. It’s Quiet

Running a geothermal system allows for some peace and quiet. Instead of having a loud machine running outside your home, you can enjoy the sounds of nature or play some tunes without interruption. The system is about as loud as a refrigerator.

4. It Pays for Itself

While the upfront cost of installing the system can be costly, the money is often recovered in 2-5 years of having the system. There are often tax incentives to help further save you money. Many also see up to a 50 percent reduction in their utility bills.

5. It’s Long Lasting

Standard heating and cooling systems will last up to 10 years with proper care and maintenance. Indoor components of a geothermal system can last up to 25 years, while the outdoor components can last up to 50 years.

Chesapeake Geosystems, Inc. can help you with all your geothermal needs, from start to finish. Keep away the stress that comes with scheduling multiple companies to handle different aspects of the job. Contact us today by sending an email to or completing a form submission to get a free estimate for your next project.


Top 5 Signs Your Water Well Needs Servicing

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When it comes to home maintenance, it’s easy to forget to include your water well. However, knowing what to look for when it comes to concerns can help you find problems before they become nightmares. Your water well is a complex system with many parts that could be at fault of a variety of issues. We want to help you prolong the life of your water well. Look out for these top signs there may be trouble:

1. Increase in Energy Consumption

A bump up in energy consumption of your home could mean there is a setback with your water well pump. Clogged or worn out pumps generally work harder than they should, requiring more energy. Your pump could practically run all day, every day due to equipment failure and the increase in cost of energy will be noticeable.

2. Air in Your Water

A variety of complications may cause air bubbles to be coming from your faucet with your water. Connecting your well to the pump is a pipe that may be broken. Your well water being too low is another possibility.

3. Peculiar Taste and Smell

If something tastes or smells off about your water, chances are something is wrong. Corrosion and contamination of your water is a serious problem and are likely the causes of these issues. You may even feel or see small grains of sediment in your water.

4. Peculiar Sounds

Your pipes within the home and the water pump outside should not produce noises like grinding or groaning. Something may have gone awry with the pump motor or the pump itself.

5. Low Water Pressure

Like most of the predicaments listed, low water pressure can be from different factors. From something miniscule to serious, the reason could be a stuck valve or a faulty pump.

Many mishaps with a water well system can be corrected when caught with these symptoms before they turn into more costly misadventures. Chesapeake Geosystems is ready to help you with all your water well service and maintenance needs. Contact us today by sending an email to or completing a form submission to get a free estimate for your next project.

Geothermal Heat Pump Tax Credits Approved by Congress

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IGSHPA is pleased to inform you of the recent success for the industry. The Continuing Resolution spending bill signed by President Trump in the early morning hours Friday, February 9, 2018, includes a measure to extend the tax credits for the industry-both residential and commercial. The reinstated tax credits are retroactive to January 1, 2017 and extend to January 1, 2022. A special note of consideration for commercial projects is commercial projects are eligible for the tax credit if commenced by January 1, 2022.

The GeoExchange Organization has been on Capitol Hill many times in the last year asking for the extension of the tax credits to ensure our industry receives parity with the solar industry. GEO staff, manufacturers, and members, including IGSHPA and GEO Board Member Michael Albertson and IGSHPA Board Member Cary Smith, among others participated in executive fly-ins to Capitol Hill with GEO and the National Ground Water Association to ask for reinstatement of the tax credits.

IGSHPA thanks GEO and everyone who lobbied on Capitol Hill, called and/or emailed their member of Congress, or provided job site and company visits for all of their dedication to this effort. We look forward to growing this industry with you in the coming days.

How to Choose a Geothermal Contractor?

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As an increasing number of homeowners and businesses move towards a more sustainable lifestyle, the desire for energy efficient, geothermal heating and cooling systems has been on the rise. As the demand increases, so do the number of contractors offering such systems. But how do you know which to choose? It can be a daunting task choosing a geothermal contractor if you don’t know what to look for, so here are a few tips to get you started.

Licensed & Accredited

isghpa-chesapeake-geosystemsThe most basic qualification to seek out when beginning your search is a licensed contractor. These licenses come with a complete understanding of the local and state building codes, ensuring the work being done is not only compliant, but safe. Look for an IGSHPA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association) Accredited Installer, which can be done through a simple database search on the IGSHPA Website. These contractors have completed various training classes to ensure the safety and reliability of their work. Chesapeake Geosystems is a qualified IGSHPA Accredited Installer with a highly trained staff to complete a seamless installation and address all issues that may arise.


Once you’ve found a licensed and accredited geothermal contractor, begin to look further into their level of expertise. You want someone who has not only been in the business for many years, but someone who you can trust to know the local terrain, which will ultimately help avoid environmental installation issues. Chesapeake Geosystems has over 25 years of experience in the industry and is considered a local Geothermal expert.

Testing Procedures

Next, check out which, if any, testing procedures the contractor implements during the installation process. You don’t want a geothermal contractor that is going to cut corners. Extensive testing at every phase of installation is critical to ensure the integrity of the geothermal heating and cooling system and in assuring customers of a hassle-free operation. Chesapeake Geosystems conducts testing every step of the way and considers no project complete until your system meets the highest of standards.


find-geothermal-contractorGeothermal heating and cooling systems can only thrive when properly set-up and installed. Take note of the geothermal contractor’s process from start to finish. Consider the level of detail in their proposal, the sizing estimates of the system they are recommending, and the project managers that will be executing the project. Having a superintendent available during the installation process allows for quick and efficient communication for both the client and the install team. Chesapeake Geosystems assigns a superintendent to all projects, big or small, and is always available for customer consultation should you have questions or concerns.
Choosing the right geothermal contractor is crucial to the success and efficiency of your geothermal heating and cooling system. Do your homework and make sure you’re choosing a contractor that is licensed and accredited, experienced, diligent in testing and executes a rigid installation process.

For a geothermal contractor that meets all the criteria, look no further than Chesapeake Geosystems located in Baltimore, Maryland. Click Here for a free quote, or call 1-800-252-4007 to set up a consultation today!

Hybrid Geothermal System Keeps Cornell’s Cell Phone Tower Cool

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Hybrid Geothermal System Keeps Cornell’s Cell Phone Tower Cool

A cellular phone site on Cornell University’s campus uses a geothermal heat pump cooling system for climate control.

In collaboration with Verizon Wireless, Cornell engineers led by graduate student Koenraad Beckers are testing a geothermal heat pump system to control the climate of cellular tower shelters. Already in many homes, geothermal heat pumps use stable underground temperatures to provide efficient space and water heating or cooling.

We love to see universities and large corporations researching ways to use geothermal technology.

Home Energy Report – Geothermal System

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Sometimes you just need to see the numbers. This report is from a client who had a geothermal system installed into their house about 9 years ago. Imagine the money you could save on a yearly basis. This client is using 63% less electricity than their neighbors. That is money in your pocket every month. Click below to see the full report.

Home Energy Report for Geothermal