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Reasons A Geothermal Heat Pump Is The Best Way To Heat Your Home

If you're building a new home or replacing an existing HVAC system with something more eco-friendly, a geothermal heat pump is a definite possibility. Whether you have a lot of land or just what's underneath your house, you can have pipes installed in the ground that will allow your heat pump to extract heat in the winter in order to keep your house warm and comfortable. If you have a lot of space you can have pipes installed horizontally, saving a lot of money, but even if you only have a little space, it's still possible to install them. Here are a few characteristics of a geothermal heat pump that give it a leg up over other heating systems.

Safety Unlike a wood pellet stove or a propane- or natural-gas-powered fireplace, a geothermal heater doesn't bring with it the possibility of leaking hazardous substances such as smoke, gas, or carbon monoxide into your home. And it doesn't use fire or have hot materials exposed to the living space (like fireplaces or baseboard heating can), making it a safer way to heat for families with children.  

Save money How fast your geothermal heat pump will pay for itself depends on how much it costs to install and how much of that you have to pay out of pocket. However, compared to most other forms of heating (such as gas or oil furnaces), a geothermal heat pump can cost less to run, allowing savings to build up more and more over time. It's a good idea to get an estimate for installation that takes into account the type and amount of land you have, the square footage of your home, and so on, to help you calculate how soon your reduced energy and maintenance costs will pay for the installation of the underground pipes.  

Make it easier to go off-grid If you're trying to live a green lifestyle, a geothermal heat pump can help green your heating and cooling, but it can also do much more. By reducing the amount of energy you need to heat and cool your home, it can also help you make the leap to sustainable or clean power sources more easily. For example, if you're thinking of installing a solar panel array to power your whole home or even just your heating and cooling system, the reduction in energy needed by this system will mean you won't need such a large solar array, so the materials and labor costs will be more affordable.  

These are just a few of the reasons that a geothermal heat pump may be an ideal replacement for your current heating and cooling system. Be sure to talk to your installation expert about its pros and cons before you take the jump, though, because a geothermal installation is a big investment. For more information, contact local professionals like Don's AC Service, Inc.