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Why should you choose a geothermal heating and cooling system?

Why should you choose a geothermal heating and cooling system?

There are a handful of options when it comes to heating and cooling your home, and only you can be the one to decide which route is the best one for you and your family. Some options simply make more sense for specific areas and situations. However, before you glaze over at the thought of installing a geothermal heating and cooling system, let us give you ten quick reasons why should consider supporting and making use of geothermal power.

 

1. Reliability

Because the earth’s interior stays at a relatively constant temperature and that’s what a geothermal heating and cooling system is tapping into, you can be certain that your power source isn’t going to run dry.

 

2. Economy

With the implementation of more geothermal units, a greater number of individuals can find employment, particularly in rural areas with high unemployment rates. Employed people means a healthier economy.

 

3. Security

The less we have to rely on oil from overseas providers to function, the more secure we are as a nation.

 

4. Environment

A geothermal heating and cooling system is clean, green, and friendly to mother nature. Very little greenhouse gases are emitted, low electrical needs are demanded, and the land use footprint is a small one compared to any other source of renewable energy.

 

5. Exports

When you support geothermal energy by installing a geothermal heating and cooling system, you’re supporting an industry that is exporting U.S. goods abroad at a rate higher than it imports.

 

6. Local Benefits

Geothermal energy greatly benefits local communities since the installation needs to be done on site and local crews are necessary. Again, more jobs mean a better economy for everyone.

 

7. Versatility

We’ve talked here on the blog mostly about geothermal energy being used for homes, but it can also be implemented agriculturally in greenhouses, to keep sidewalks clear of ice, for food dehydration, in spas, and in many other areas of commerce and business.

 

8. Finances

When it comes to renewable energy, nothing beats geothermal on price point in the long run (think long-term fixed power prices).

 

9. Simplicity

While geothermal plants are state-of-the-art in their technology, they are actually quite simple and can be maintained by local workers rather than needing highly trained and educated personnel to come in and run the plant.

 

10. Availability

If you live on planet Earth, you can access geothermal power. It’s a highly available energy source being used across the nation.

 

A Geothermal Heating and Cooling System: it’s for everyone.

Do you have more questions or are you interested in installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in your home? Contact the experts at Earth Energy Systems today.

Source: http://geo-energy.org/pdf/FINALforWEB_WhySupportGeothermal.pdf

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Separating Fact from Myth: Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems

Myths abound when it comes to understanding geothermal heating and cooling systems. We’re here to help clear away some of the fog. Read along to relearn some of the facts you may have been believing about geothermal energy and jump on the bandwagon to a world fueled by greener energy.

Myth: Geothermal heating and cooling systems are non renewable since they require electricity.

Hold up! While it’s true that geothermal systems do require electricity, it’s a minute amount. One unit of electricity translates to five units of heating and cooling energy in your home.

Myth: There’s not enough real estate to sustain geothermal HVAC systems.

Wrong again. Vertical geothermal heating and cooling systems are able to be installed at many sites and require far less square footage than you’d expect. An additional bonus is enjoyed by those who have a nearby aquifer to access for their geothermal system. In this situation, only a few feet of precious real estate is required.

Myth: Geothermal systems need to replaced when they inevitably wear out.

Of course everything wears out eventually, but this perpetuated myth is one that can easily be flushed out. When a geothermal system is properly installed with the correct sizing, the in ground loops will last for generations. The equipment used to exchange heat that resides in the home is much less expensive and obviously simpler to replace and this equipment will still last for decades. Technology is on the side of green energy and it has proven itself invaluable as consistent improvements are made to energies such as geothermal.

Harness the power of the earth and save yourself some serious utility money by making the switch to geothermal heating and cooling systems. Make sure to contact a professional to get the most out of your system and ensure proper installation. Contact Earth Energy Systems for more information!

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5 Facts About Geothermal Heating and Cooling

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We’ve talked a bit here on the blog about geothermal heating, what it is, what it does, how it works; that sort of thing.  Our goal was to give you an overview of the technology and a basic understanding of what it can do for your home or business as well as the environment.  Big picture:  it’s an incredible step forward in green energy that ever more individuals are tapping into.

Here’s the rub:  as with any new advancement in tech, there are naysayers that spread myths and cloud the masses’ vision.  We want to help clear away the fog a bit and give you some facts often misunderstood about geothermal heating and cooling.

Fact 1:  Geothermal is quiet

People often assume this technology is loud and obtrusive, but the reality is quite the opposite.  These systems are quiet and have no exterior equipment to ruffle your noise-sensitive neighbor’s feathers.

Fact 2:  Geothermal heating and cooling systems last

In the past, as with all things new and progressive, there were systems that failed due to improperly sized loops and differing learning curve issues.  We’re beyond that today, and these systems can now last for generations.

Fact 3:  Refrigerant is not pumping through your loops in the ground

Most geothermal heating and cooling systems use water, not refrigerant, in their underground loops.  No need to worry about refrigerant leaking into your soil.

Fact 4:  Geothermal heats and cools

Geothermal is not just for heating purposes!  Because of the way the earth conserves and maintains temperature, your home or office building can stay comfortable year round with geothermal.  This is an all in one comfort maintaining system.

Fact 5:  You can afford a geothermal system

Again, new technology has it’s pitfalls, and one of them is the initial expense.  However, not only has geothermal heating and cooling been around long enough to have established itself outside the realm of “newness,”  it has garnered attention from local and federal energy conservationists and can be credited to the point that you’re paying the same as you would for conventional.

This, all while doing your part to save the planet.  Feel like a superhero yet?

You should!  Contact Earth Energy Systems today for all of your heating and cooling needs and talk to us about geothermal heating and cooling.  We are your resident air conditioning and heating experts, no matter which route you choose to keep your space comfortable.


Prepare for Summer with a Cooling System through Earth Energy

Summer is finally here!  In the Midwest we know that oftentimes the heat of summer comes on quickly, and with Earth Energy, you can be ready for any weather by setting up the proper cooling system.  Whether you choose a geothermal heating and cooling system, a ductless air conditioning system, or another traditional air conditioning unit, Earth Energy can get you on the right track to keeping your home or business cool in time for sweltering summer temperatures.

Are you looking for an energy efficient and earth friendly way to regulate temperatures in your home or commercial building?  If so, geothermal heating is the perfect solution for you.  This summer, you could be using the simple yet limitless power of the earth to keep cool.  Not only is this a practical solution for keeping your space comfortable, it’s ultra-environmentally sound and recommended by the ECO (Energy Conservation Organization).

Whatever your home setup or financial situation looks like, we can get you on your way to having a cool home this summer.  Our ductless air conditioners gives you the opportunity to bypass the traditional ductwork of air conditioning systems and are incredibly energy and cost efficient.  This cooling system features easy installation and is perfect for any home.

If your ductwork is already in place and you simply need an updated air conditioning unit, you’ve come to the right place.  Earth Energy can get you set up with the perfect unit for your home or commercial building.  Important considerations when purchasing a new air conditioning unit are the dimensions of your building and the energy efficiency you’d like to achieve.  With our experience and expertise both residentially and commercially, we are confident that we can meet your cooling needs no matter the challenge.

Don’t let the summer sun get a jump on you:  be ready to combat the humidity and heat and keep your home at your ideal temperature by contacting Earth Energy today and getting your cooling system ready to roll.

 

 


What is Geothermal Heating and How Does it Work?

Geothermal HeatingHearing the word ‘geothermal’ sounds intriguing, but most people don’t fully understand the meaning. If we break the term down, we see ‘geo’, which simply means “of or relating to the earth” and thermal, which is associated with heat or heating.  Maybe you were already on the right track, and if so, you’re well on your way to comprehending geothermal heating and how it works.  Keep reading to get answers to some basic questions about this simple and yet powerful technology.

How Does Geo Heating Work?
The earth produces its own heat naturally from the warmth of the sun and the biological energy that’s expended under the crust (that’s the layer of the earth that you and I regularly observe). This heat is continually being organically produced and is inherently renewable. When we talk about geothermal heating, we’re discussing capturing that natural heat from the ground and directing it into your home.  Piping loops are installed underground which capture the heat and lead it into the house. These pipes are buried in the ground in order to maintain a more consistent temperature than the outside air, particularly useful when we consider the extreme seasonal temperatures of Wisconsin. Once the heat from the earth is absorbed into the solution in the pipe loops, it is then directed into the home’s ventilation system, allowing the heat to circulate throughout the house.

Is it Truly More Cost Effective Than Electric or Propane Heat?
This is an important question and one to which we can give you a confident, “Yes!” In Wisconsin and the Midwest, geothermal heating is the most inexpensive way to heat or cool your home. Using geothermal technology as your home’s heating and cooling system is the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly way to regulate the temperature in your house. It is 30%-50% times more efficient than traditional electric or propane alternatives which will save you a substantial amount of money each year. These systems may seem more expensive with their upfront installation cost, but they typically pay for themselves in 8 to 12 years.  As an added bonus, the government will reward you with a tax credit for choosing an earth friendly way to temperature regulate your home.

How Environmentally Friendly are Geothermal Systems?
Since the loops of piping used in geothermal heating are in the ground gathering the natural heat that is produced and housed there, zero natural resources are being burned up (think: fossil fuels). Instead of using more energy to create heat, geothermal technology is gently transferring what’s readily available from the earth into your home using electricity. Because of these facts, geothermal heating and cooling systems in Wisconsin are the most effective way to limit the external resources being used to keep your home comfortable.  In addition, these systems have been tested, approved, and rewarded with ENERGY STAR efficiency which is the highest award available from the Energy Conservation Organization (ECO).

By tapping into the earth’s natural heat sources, your home’s heating system could not be any more natural. Take a look at geothermal heating and cooling systems in Wisconsin and ask one of the professionals at Earth Energy Systems to find you the perfect fit for your home.


Are Geothermal Heat Pumps Energy Adaptive?

Free Heating EstimatesAs Wisconsinites, we know that when it comes to the weather we’re in for cold winters and relatively mild summers.  We long for the warmth of summer as we heartily endure the bitter, long winters of northern Wisconsin.  Although we become well accustomed to the frosty winter months, the cost to keep our homes warm throughout the season is ever-increasing and never welcome.

You may be aware of alternative forms of energy to heat your home, but perhaps the cost of installation is holding you back from investigating.  Maybe if you were to build a new home you’d consider it, but doling out the cash to retrofit your existing system has to cost a fortune…right?

The up-front cost for geothermal heating is certainly an expense, but so is the existing furnace that you own.  Older forms of heating technology are only becoming more expensive and are lacking in energy efficiency (another hit to your pocketbook).  Geothermal heating does not leave you at the mercy of energy companies and is incredibly energy efficient.  A Department of Energy presentation noted that you can get the payback on your geothermal heat pump investment in three to seven years.  As an added bonus, your geothermal unit is also equipped to provide air conditioning.

Consider the cost of energy for the future:  if you use an air conditioner, identify whether your energy company charges you more for summertime peak hours.  By installing a geothermal heat pump, your cost savings (all year round!) will be between 18 and 54 percent, and this simple technology is also energy adaptive.

Earth Energy Systems out of Siren, Wisconsin can install an energy efficient geothermal system that offers dual and triple-allergen filtration and whisper-quiet operation.  This technology is constantly improving and these systems can be installed simply with little to no ductwork.  Our units have advanced features that can detect changes in the temperature of your rooms and adjust accordingly. Now is the time to make the switch:  our Energy Star systems are eligible for federal tax credits!  Be kind to the environment and your pocketbook:  contact us today.


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