Let’s Compare Geothermal Advantages vs. Traditional HVAC:

The differences in how Geothermal Systems and Traditional HVAC systems operate result in a large list of differences that clearly show the benefits of Geothermal over Traditional HVAC:

Geothermal

Traditional HVAC

Maintains a steady temperature throughout your homeCan fluctuate up to approximately 5 degrees and often have “pockets” of hot or cold air
Stays running all the timeTurns on and off repeatedly throughout the day, leading to higher energy bills and fluctuating temperatures
Unit is housed indoors, protected from the elementsUnit is housed outdoors, susceptible to rain, snow, sun and other dangers
Requires no maintenance other than a filter change once yearlyRequires a filter change every month and once-yearly service appointments
Is clean energy – no carbon monoxideUses combustion, so carbon monoxide is a danger
Has a life cycle of up to 25 yearsHas a standard 7-10 year life cycle
Uses the ground heat – a renewable resourceUses fossil fuels, which are not renewable
Operating costs stay the same from year-to-yearOperating costs can swing wildly depending on the cost of oil or natural gas
Protects your home from excess humidity and dryness due to the no-combustion heating and cooling methodHumidity ranges in your home can swing wildly from one season to the next – heat in cool weather dries out your home; heat in warm weather adds to humidity, and traditional HVAC systems ALL use combustion and heat
Tax incentives and other government programs are readily availableNo financial incentives are available for this system
The installation costs are higher up-front, although these can be lowered through incentive programsThe installation costs are lower up-front
The monthly operating costs are lower month-to-monthThe monthly operating costs are higher month-to-month and are increasing steadily with the increasing cost of energy.
The EPA has determined that Geothermal is the lowest-energy and most environmentally friendly option of heating and cooling your homeTraditional HVAC is not considered environmentally friendly or low-energy.  In fact, heating and cooling costs make up at least 50% of your annual energy bill.

 

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