Busted: 5 Myths about Geothermal Cooling and Heating
People across the globe are working diligently to reduce their carbon footprint and their energy bill, but the question is how to do just that. Geothermal systems are one of the popular solutions for HVAC services in Atlanta, and might be the most eco-friendly option. Not only are they efficient and functional, but they are also hassle free due to minimal maintenance. Despite the seemingly obvious benefits, here are several myths associated with geothermal heating and cooling.
Myth #1: Required Space
The first myth for geothermal systems is that they need a lot more space than conventional HVAC systems. The truth is that all the land surrounding a home is different, and depending on the ground, the earth loop may be buried in a way where very little above-ground surface is needed. It is simply a matter of having an HVAC technician check to see which option is best for you.
Myth #2: Noise and Aesthetic Concerns
Another common misconception is that geothermal heat pumps generate a great amount of noise. On the contrary, the systems are very quiet. As a bonus, there is no visible equipment outside to serve as an eye sore to your neighbors or hinder your yard’s aesthetics.
Myth #3: Price
All too often it’s believed that geothermal HVAC technology is too expensive and simply not feasible without federal and local tax incentives. In reality, federal and local tax incentives typically amount to between 30 and 60 percent of the total cost of a geothermal system. To put this in perspective, the price is not much different from that of conventional equipment.
Myth #4: Life Expectancy
There’s a stereotype that geothermal systems eventually wear out. Of course these systems will wear down over time, but they have a long life span. The life expectancy is 25 years for indoor equipment and 50 years for outdoor equipment. In fact, it is so cost effective that after less than a decade of having the system, homeowners make up the cost of switching from a conventional system.
Myth #5: Water Waste
The last concern with geothermal HVAC systems is that they use an excess amount of water. The systems actually consume no water at all. The water that is used is eventually returned to the aquifer, which is then used to exchange heat with the earth. On a commercial scale, this has the potential to eliminate millions of gallons of water.
All things considered, a geothermal system is easily one of the most eco-friendly options for heating and cooling. Whether you are looking to become a more conscious member of your community or just wanting to invest in something that can reduce your energy bills, Anytime HVAC can help with a geothermal solution. For more information, contact Anytime Heating, Cooling and Plumbing or call us at 770-504-5881.