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The Pros and Cons of Installing Geothermal in Your Lusby, MD Home

June 8, 2020

When it’s time to replace the heating and cooling system in your Lusby, MD, home, you have a lot of options. If you’re interested in going green with your heating and cooling, geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are worth a close look. These systems make use of the earth’s consistent core temperature for heating and cooling your home. Here are some of the pros and cons of installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in Lusby.

Low Operating Costs

A GHP is 300 to 500 percent energy-efficient, while the top-rated furnaces and air-source heat pumps are only about 90 to 95 percent energy-efficient. According to the Department of Energy, your heating and cooling costs could be 30 to 50 percent lower with a GHP. On the other hand, a GHP costs more to install, so you’ll pay more upfront and save on utility costs as time goes by.

Emits Little Air Pollution

GHPs emit little air pollution. They use a minimal amount of electricity to transfer heat between your home and the Earth. If you have a solar panel, it should produce enough power for your GHP. There is no combustion, so you don’t have to worry about carbon monoxide and other toxic gases building up in your home. If your GHP uses a well, there is a risk of some groundwater pollution.

Use Renewable Resources

The Earth’s core heat is renewable for as long as the earth exists. The stability of the earth’s core heat is what allows a GHP to be so energy-efficient. The consistent core temperature is the same everywhere on the planet. On the other hand, not all landscapes or terrain are compatible with digging into the Earth to set up the pipes for heat transfer. Rocky soil is difficult for the installation of GHPs.

For more details about geothermal heating and cooling systems and how they could benefit your home in Lusby, check out Hancock Refrigeration Heating & Cooling’s installation services, or call us today for additional information.

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