Are you considering a geothermal system for your home? Here are some facts and FAQs to help you decide if going geothermal is right for you.
Q: Is geothermal available here in South Carolina?
A: Yes! Geothermal systems for individual homes or buildings harness energy from the earth at a depth where the temperature remains more or less constant. While that depth might be different in different areas of the country, it is available right here in South Carolina.
Q: What are the benefits of geothermal systems?
A: Geothermal systems have a lot of great benefits. First, it's clean energy and doesn't require the burning of fossil fuels or coal to work. Second, it doesn't release emissions that harm the environment. Third, it's cheaper and saves you money on your utility bill. We could keep going but these tend to be the most important benefits to homeowners.
Q: What makes up a geothermal system?
A: A geothermal system consists of an indoor unit plus a buried earth loop. There are two types of buried earth loops, vertical and horizontal. A horizontal buried earth loop runs in a horizontal fashion at the appropriate depth for your area. A vertical buried earth loop is more like a borehole that goes straight down into the earth between 300 to 400 feet deep. Which type is right for you will be determined by the size of your home and the size of your land lot.
Q: How does a geothermal system work?
A: When it's cold out, the water in the buried earth loop absorbs heat from deep underground and transports it to the indoor unit. The indoor unit condenses the heat from the water to the correct temperature and distributes it into the home. In the summer, the system works sort of in reverse. The indoor unit pulls excess heat to be transported by the water in the buried earth loop to the earth where it is cooled down. Then the water is cycled back to the indoor unit at a cooler temperature that is condensed and released into the home.
Q: Does a geothermal system cost a lot more than a traditional system?
A: Yes, it does cost more than a traditional system. However, the savings on your utility bill will more than make up for the extra cost over time. The system does still use some electricity to power the indoor unit and blowers but this is far less than the energy a traditional system would use.
Q: Do geothermal systems require a lot of maintenance?
A: Aside from changing the air filter like you would for any heating/cooling system, a geothermal system is virtually maintenance free. The main unit is housed indoors and protected from the elements and comes as a sealed system. The piping that carries the water solution underground is designed to last for generations without having to be dug up and replaced. For most people, one yearly check-up to ensure all is running smoothly is all you need.
If you're considering a geothermal system for your home, give Carolina Comfort Systems a call. We can come evaluate your home and land to let you know if going geothermal would be a viable option for you.
Geothermal is a buzzword many people have heard but don't know much about. Geothermal systems use thermal (heat) energy found underground to power the heating, cooling and hot water needs for your home. The country of Iceland is well known for harnessing the power of geothermal energy--about 70% of the country's energy use is powered by geothermal sources. Did you know that you can also benefit from geothermal energy right here in the Myrtle Beach area? Here are just a few of the many benefits of choosing geothermal:
Money-saving and environmentally-friendly, geothermal systems have quite a few benefits to consider. If you would like to explore your options for geothermal heating, cooling and hot water, call Carolina Comfort Systems. As your local authorized Bryant dealer and service provider, our techs can answer all of your questions about choosing geothermal for your home. Bryant geothermal systems are custom-designed for your home and property to help you get the most out of your geothermal solution.
Benefits of a Geothermal Heat Pump System
There are many benefits to a Geothermal Heat Pump System, one being, they use up to 50% less electricity then conventional heating/cooling systems. Another benefit can be free or much reduced hot water! An optional feature transfers excess heat to the water heater, so in the winter, your hot water costs will be significantly lower, and in the summer, the hot water is free. The Geothermal Heat Pump System is in an insulated cabinet which allows for quiet operation. The system is low maintenance compared to conventional systems. Occasional cleaning of the heat exchanger coils and regularly changing the air filters are about all the work that is necessary to keep the system in good running order. Because the Geothermal Heat Pump System has few moving parts and those are inside a building, they are durable. They usually do not have outdoor compressors or cooling towers, so the chance of vandalism is eliminated. Carolina Comfort Systems is an authorized dealer for Bryant Products. The Bryant Geothermal heat pump system comes with a 10 year parts and labor-limited warranty. Currently due to the energy star rating on the 50 YD, 50YE and 50YG these Geothermal heat pump systems are currently offering a 30% rebate! (Some restrictions apply) Don’t delay, call us today and be on the way to reducing your electric bills!
Geothermal Heat ... What does that mean, and is it for you?
By S. Kim Henson
Do you remember hearing, in the good ‘ole days, how your grandparents and great grandparents buried money in the ground instead of making deposits in a bank? Geothermal heat is kind of like that, only updated.
What does geothermal heat mean? A geothermal heat pump, also named geoexchange, earth-coupled or a ground source heat pump, is an HVAC system that pumps heat to and from the ground. The underground heat pump is resourceful because instead of warming and cooling fluctuating outside air temperature, it takes advantage of ground temperature that remains more constant. From just a few feet under the Earth’s surface, the geothermal heat pump gathers heat absorbed by the ground from the sun, making the pump an energy and money saving addition to your home.
So, is it for you and your home?
The U.S. Department of Energy reports the advantages of the geothermal heat pump compared to a conventional HVAC system:
• Longer lasting
• Lower maintenance
And there’s more. Even though the geothermal heat pump’s cost is significantly higher, annually some 50,000 households in the country are spending the extra cash. The geothermal heat pump can be used almost anywhere but may be especially advantageous for Grand Stranders who have downsized since the hardware takes up less space and the system offers better dehumidification.
If you’re interested in hearing about how to install these benefits in your home, contact the experts at Carolina Comfort Systems.