When it comes to heating your home this holiday season, homeowners in Chickasha and Duncan have a number of options, but not all of them will fill you with the Christmas spirit. Are you looking for ways to lower your monthly energy bills? Are you interested in an HVAC system that’s environmentally friendly and will lower your carbon emissions? Would you like to accomplish both of these goals without making any changes to your indoor home comfort? Find out why geothermal heat energy is beneficial to your home.
If so, let’s take a look at why geothermal energy should be on the top of your wishlist for the holidays.
HOW DO GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMPS WORK?
Geothermal heat pumps work by transferring heat to and from the ground.
In cooler temperatures, when a home needs heat, the geothermal heat exchanger—piping installed far down into the ground where the temperature is consistently warm all year—extracts heat and carries it up into your home, where a heat pump uses that energy to warm air that’s delivered throughout your home via your central ductwork system.
But heat pumps can also work in reverse, and geothermal heat pumps are no different. In the summer, when your home needs to be cooled down, your geothermal heat pump system will extract heat from the indoor air and transfer it back into the ground.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GEOTHERMAL ENERGY?
Geothermal heat pumps offer many benefits for your home, including:
- HIGHLY EFFICIENT OPERATION SAVES MONEY
Upgrading to geothermal can reduce a homeowner’s annual energy costs by 65%—we’ve seen as much as 80%! Heat pumps are so efficient that they actually produce more energy than they require to run, and use 25% to 50% less electricity than conventional HVAC systems.
- OFFERS HEATING AND COOLING MODES
Like all heat pumps, geothermal energy can heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer, making them a great option if you’re looking to completely replace your entire HVAC system.
- LOW CARBON EMISSIONS
Because heat pumps are electric, they don’t require the combustion of fossil fuels to operate. Using a geothermal heat pump can decrease your home’s carbon footprint by 25%, making them an environmentally friendly way to keep your home comfortable.
- NOT DEPENDENT ON THE WEATHER LIKE OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY
Unlike other forms of renewable energy, like solar or wind, geothermal energy is effective in part because it’s not dependent on sunny or windy days to work—consistent underground temperatures mean your HVAC system will always be able to draw energy from the earth.
UPGRADE YOUR HOME TO GEOTHERMAL WITH DEHART
Utilizing geothermal technology in your Oklahoma home can save you money, lower energy usage, and improve your home comfort 24/7, 365. There are also a number of local and nationwide financial incentives and rebates available to homeowners considering the switch in their homes—DeHart can make sure you maximize your financial savings.
One of the most significant rebates is the federal geothermal tax credit, which allows you to deduct 30% of your total geothermal heat pump installation costs from your federal income taxes due. You can even roll over the remaining balance to the following year. But time is running out to qualify—starting in 2020, the tax credit will step down every year until being eliminated for residential installations completely in 2022.