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Will a Geothermal System Help Me Save Money?

Yes, it absolutely will. But not in the ways you would expect.

Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more and more popular these days. With the advent of heat pump technology and legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act, the spotlight is beginning to fall on the most eco-friendly comfort systems we have available. And geothermal systems belong squarely in that category.

Geothermal heating and cooling in Cedar Rapids, IA isn’t as complicated as one might think. It uses the consistent temperature underground as a heat source to keep your home comfortable all year long. It uses heat pumps which are extremely efficient and refrigerant lines that go deep underneath your home to draw out the mild heat that keeps temperatures comfy.

A geothermal system will cost more to install upfront, but it will save you money for years to come in a lot of interesting ways.

Why Does Geothermal Cost More Initially?

In order to highlight some of the ways you can save money with a geothermal system, we need to talk about why it’s expensive to install compared to other HVAC systems. For instance, a gas furnace is going to be cheaper to set up than a geothermal heating and cooling system, but that’s for a pretty good reason.

Furnaces and regular heat pumps don’t need to be set up with underground pipelines. Furnaces create heat from burning fossil fuels, and heat pumps draw ambient heat from the atmosphere. Neither of these systems have the efficiency of a geothermal system, but they both are relatively easier to set up and get going. Geothermal technology requires a bit more legwork when it comes to the setup.

But that extra cost to install it is well worth it, as we’ll describe below.

Saving Money on Geothermal Technology

Now for the good stuff! Let’s talk about how you save money on a geothermal system, once it’s installed.

  • Eco-friendly and energy efficient. Geothermal systems are extremely efficient. The heat below the earth’s crust is extremely consistent, meaning the heat pump has an easy time keeping your home comfortable throughout the year, even during cold winters.
  • Longer lasting components. The heat pump part of a geothermal heating and cooling system will only last 10-15 years. But the underground pipes can last upwards of 50 years! This is because they’re well insulated from weather events and don’t undergo very much corrosion or degradation. So, you’ll have this part of your HVAC system in good shape for a large part of your lifetime!
  • All electric usage. That’s right, geothermal HVAC systems rely solely on electricity to run. This means that the energy grid gets more robust, or if you invest in solar panels, you’ll be able to reduce your energy bill each month to the point where you will get extremely affordable temperature control.
  • Year-round comfort. Did we mention that this system works year round? Say goodbye to having an air conditioner and a heater. A geothermal system will take care of you from the harshest winters through the scorching hot summers. This makes it worth the investment alone.

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment in the Cedar Rapids area, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online. 

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