Drawing on the earth’s abundant geothermal energy is a cost-efficient alternative for heating and cooling your home. Geothermal heating and cooling is economical, quiet, clean, dependable and renewable energy source. Before you consider a new geothermal system, however, it is important to know the upfront installation costs and how they translate into long-term savings. The cost of installing a geothermal system depends on a number of factors.
- Your home’s size and needs play a large part in considering costs. How large your home is, how well insulated it is and the area’s year-round climate will determine what is needed to keep your home’s temperature at your chosen comfort level throughout the year.
- By calculating your home comfort needs, your geothermal system installer can then work with you to choose the right ground-source heat pump for your needs.
- Constructing the loop field accounts for about half of the cost. Your contractor will recommend either a horizontal or a vertical loop field, depending largely on the size of your property. Then the area will be excavated so that the loops can be laid down. This cost can vary widely, depending on the availability of qualified workers, the size of the field, ground conditions and the kind of drilling needed.
- A somewhat related cost is whether your home has ductwork and if that ductwork is compatible with your geothermal installation. Your contractor will either design and install a duct system or recommend improvements if you already have a system in place.
While the cost of installing a geothermal system is quite a bit higher than simply swapping out an air-source heat pump or air conditioner, a geothermal system is one of the most efficient methods of cooling and heating available. Moreover, it enjoys a lifespan that is far longer than its traditional counterparts. If you’re looking for a clean and efficient system that will serve you well for many years, geothermal is hard to beat.
Considering a geothermal installation? Contact the professionals at Aqua Plumbing & Air. We’re the trusted name in HVAC services in Sarasota, Bradenton and the surrounding area.
Written by John Miller