History of Geo Thermal
By now most everyone has heard of geo thermal installations, but did you know that Hoveln Heating and Cooling, Inc. has been installing geo thermal for over 35 years. Hoveln Heating and Cooling, Inc. is considered the geo thermal expert in Central Illinois! Yes, this technology is not new, but it is a very energy efficient way to heat and cool your home.
How Much Does a Geo Thermal System Cost?
The price difference between geo thermal and a 96%- 97% AFUE furnace and 16-18 SEER air conditioning unit is the cost of the earth loop. The ductwork is the same and the equipment is comparable in price. Geo Thermal is still considered a forced air system. So if you have ductwork, please consider installing geo thermal in your home.
How Does Geo Thermal Work?
If you are concerned about energy prices and the cost of heating and cooling in the future perhaps it is time to start looking at geo thermal. Geo thermal technology uses the earth to heat and cool your home. The earth absorbs 50% of the suns energy which is more than 500 times what mankind needs every year. Geothermal systems transfer heat from a home into the earth during the cooling season and pull heat from the earth to heat your home during the heating season. The earth’s temperature remains fairly constant 5-6 feet below the ground therefore making geo thermal possible. Geo thermal units have longer run times at lower speeds allowing for more even heating and cooling while saving energy in the process. They also provide excellent dehumidification during cooling. There are no outdoor units and the indoor unit is very quiet.
What is a Geothermal Earth Loop?
A closed loop system circulates water through a series of small-diameter, high-density polyethylene underground pipes. Closed systems can be installed vertically, horizontally or in a pond. Horizontal loops can be installed when there is approximately one acre or more available. The loops run in length between 100 to 400 feet. Each loop contains 2 pipes – one buried approximately 5 feet deep and one buried approximately 3 feet deep, stacked on top of each other in the same trench. A vertical loop is a great choice when space is limited. Well drilling equipment is used to bore holes from 100 to 400 feet in depth. Pond loops are installed in coils of pipe and placed at the bottom of the pond or lake. Last but not least an open loop circulates water from your well through the geo thermal system. What we refer to as a “pump and dump” system. Water quality can determine whether an open loop system is a good choice for your home.
Did you know that you can equate the removal of 2 cars from the road or the planting of 750 trees by installing only one geo thermal system? Geo thermal is the most environmentally friendly source of heating and cooling today. Geo thermal is one of the most comfortable, long-lasting and reliable systems available.
We have a geo thermal system installed in our office. Stop by our office and take a look or call our office to ask about installing a geo thermal system in your home. You will be glad you did!