Save energy and money with geothermal

January 22nd, 2019 by Allie Foster, Marketing and Communications Manager

Did you know that just a few feet underground is a free, clean and endless renewable source of heat? Let’s have a little science review… The earth works like a solar battery, absorbing nearly half of the sun's energy. Therefore, the soil underground stays relatively constant at 50-plus degrees year-round. For this reason, a geothermal heating and cooling system is the most advanced and most efficient year-round heating and cooling system available.

Geothermal heat pumps use the natural heat stored underground to provide heating, cooling and even hot water heating in your home. In the heating mode, geothermal systems transfer heat using a loop system installed in the ground. Heat energy is carried into the home through piping connected to and powered by a heat exchange unit inside the home. In the summer, this process is reversed to transfer heat from the home into the ground.

Now that you’ve read all the technical jargon, you might be wondering the true benefits of geothermal… 

Benefits of a Geothermal System

  • Uses 25-50 percent less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems.
  • Allows for design flexibility and can be installed in both new and retrofit situations.
  • Provides excellent “zone” space conditioning, allowing different parts of your home to be heated or cooled to different temperatures.
  • Durable and highly reliable.

To add to the savings you receive with these systems, MEC offers a $750 per ton rebate on qualifying new geothermal heat pump systems. There is also currently a 30% federal tax credit for geothermal purchases. With these bonuses added to a lifetime of reduced energy costs, geothermal truly is the way to go with any new HVAC installation!

To learn more about the benefits and cost-savings associated with geothermal heat pumps, visit www.maconelectric.com/ground-source-heat-pumps. If you are interested in getting a quote for a geothermal system in your home, MEC can help with that, too! Call today: (660) 385-3157.

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