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What can you expect from a Geothermal System in Iowa?

heat pump_200One of the main reasons many homeowners choose geothermal is the benefit of lower operating costs. In most homes, the cost for heating, cooling and hot water combine for about 70% of the total utility costs. Therefore, the biggest opportunity to save a substantial amount in utility costs is to improve those systems. That’s where geothermal can help in a big way.

While we would all love to save money on costly heating and cooling expenses, geothermal systems aren’t always the perfect fit for everyone. There are a number of the reasons why this may be:


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Of course, it is important that you weigh these considerations against the benefits of such a system, before making a final decision.

The initial investment of a geothermal system installation can seem overwhelming at first, especially if you aren’t sure how it will benefit you in the long-run. We’ve compiled some of the great benefits you can expect to encounter, in order to help you see the big picture and their long-term effects.

Keep these key considerations in mind when trying to determine whether or not to make the switch to geothermal heating and cooling:

  • Reduced Energy Use = Reduced Energy Expenses

    While traditional heating and cooling systems have to create heat, geothermal systems simply transfer heat from one place to another—from the earth to the heat pump inside the home, and vice versa. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Savers initiative estimates that geothermal systems use 25-50% less energy. Similarly, United Technologies claims that the more than 1 million geothermal systems in use today are equivalent to taking 1.2 million cars off the road, or planting more than 385 million trees. Not only is this good for the environment, but it also saves you money on your monthly utility bill. In fact, It is reported that geothermal systems can save you up to 70% in heating costs and up to 50% in cooling costs!

  • Environmentally-Friendly

    Besides the fact that geothermal heating and cooling systems use less energy, and therefore reduce the energy load at power plants, there are other environmentally-friendly benefits. This includes the fact that geothermal systems do not emit harmful, ozone-depleting greenhouse gases such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. In addition to being safe for the environment, they are also safer for your family with the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning being eliminated.

  • Quiet, Indoor Operation

    Unlike conventional heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps have no outdoor condensing unit, which are often noisy during operation. An indoor geothermal unit, typically with a fully insulated cabinet, is much quieter during operation. In fact, many often compare the noise during geothermal system operation to that of a refrigerator. In addition, because the unit itself is not exposed to the harsh outdoor elements, your system will experience less damage and will ultimately have greater durability.

  • Prolonged System Longevity

    According to the EPA, the piping of a ground loop lasts about 25-50 years, while the indoor heat pumps have been proven to last about 20 or more years. This is more than double the life of a typical furnace or air conditioning system. With reduced energy expenses, less system breakdowns, and more time between system replacements, you will more than earn back your investment of the initial system purchase and installation costs.

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