Many people believe that geothermal HVAC systems are too expensive and complicated for a Woodbridge, Virginia, home. Actually, geothermal systems are a good investment. They are known for being very efficient systems that keep you comfortable and help you to save energy and money. The following are some of the most common misconceptions about geothermal energy.
Geothermal Technology is New
Geothermal technology has been used to heat and cool homes and buildings for several decades. Native Americans even used hot springs as heat sources over 10,000 years ago. The technology improves every year, which means costs decrease and efficiency increases. Many people also use geothermal technology to heat water for showers or pools or to heat floors with radiant heating.
You Need a Big Yard
A horizontal loop system with pipes buried four to six feet underground does need a big yard, but other types of geothermal systems are available. A vertical loop system only uses a few square feet of land because the pipes travel between 100 to 400 feet below ground. You can also place the pipes underwater if you live near a pond, lake, or well. A vertical loop system may be best for an existing home since burying numerous horizontal pipes over a larger area could ruin existing landscaping.
Maintenance is Complicated
Maintaining a geothermal HVAC system is actually simpler that taking care of a conventional heater or air conditioner. It consists of an indoor air handler, and the rest of the outdoor components are installed underground, so they’re protected from rain, snow, ice, vandalism, debris, and other hazards.
Geothermal units usually last about 25 years, twice as long as most other systems. The pipes in a geothermal system can last more than 50 years, and they require very little maintenance. Homeowners with geothermal technology just need to change their air filter regularly and have their system inspected by a professional at least once per year.
Brennan’s Heating and Air Conditioning is an experienced Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. We will help you to choose, install, and maintain the best geothermal heating and cooling system for your home. Call us today at 703-763-0399 for more information.
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