A few years ago the drive for green energy was mostly a government-based effort. But the scenario and perception are changing now. People want to get involved and not only want to save money, they also want to save the environment. Geothermal heating and cooling is a hot topic and here I will attempt to explain it to homeowners and business owners and how it can benefit them.
How Geothermal Systems Work?
Geothermal heating and cooling systems usually work using sub-surface heat transfer principle. They use the renewable heat energy of the earth’s crust during the winter months. During the summer, the earth is used as a heat sink.
The hot water system is the most commonly used geothermal heating system. It can produce hot water almost for free. New ETA systems have been developed that can provide heat for cost-effective hot water production for pools, hot tubs, and other purposes in homes.
Benefits of Geothermal Heating & Cooling
There are many benefits of using geothermal systems in your home.
Once you start using a geothermal heating and cooling system, you will notice significant savings in your monthly heating/cooling costs. The savings are significant for homes that use propane or oil for heating or larger houses.
If you switch from electric or oil systems, it can help reduce up to 75 percent off your annual heating/cooling costs. The savings can be even higher if you are moving from propane systems. The fact is that once you make the move, it will change the way how you pay for your energy needs. You will be getting energy from the ground – and this energy is entirely free for you to use (as long as you own the property).
This is a benefit that usually concerns me. As already mentioned, in the past the concern for the environment was mostly restricted to the government and organisations pursuing the ‘green cause’. But gradually there has been a significant shift in the way people looked at the impact of pollution and greenhouse effect on their environment!
Geothermal energy is capable of significantly reducing carbon emissions and slowing down global warming. An average system that replaces conventional energy sources helps in minimizing emissions from fossil fuels. The quantification has been found to be the equivalent of removing 2 cars off our roads. This is like planting 1 acre of the area with trees.
When you use geothermal energy, you are tapping into energy from your own property. It is available for free. There is no need to pay the hefty gas bill or wait for the propane fill or oil truck. You will have more control over your own energy future. There will be no need to worry about rising fuel prices because geothermal energy is available for free and at all times. It is not going to vanish like oil.
Thus, there are more than enough reasons for tapping into the natural heat energy produced by the earth to meet your home’s heating and cooling needs. Once you have a system in place, it will continue generating energy without ever stopping. Off course, system maintenance is a different concern!
Author Bio: The Author is an experienced home insulation professional with more than 3 decades of experience. He knows the home Calgary and attic insulation Calgary marketplace inside out. After having served homeowners and businesses for so many years, he spends more time providing consulting services and sharing his knowledge through guest posts.