Geothermal Heating and Cooling for the Greater Indianapolis Area
Geothermal renewable energy utilizes the Earth’s consistent temperature. Even though the average Indianapolis air temperature ranges from about 20 ̊to 85 ̊ throughout the year, the Earth’s temperature remains somewhat constant at 50 ̊– 60 ̊ only four to six feet below the surface. This is made possible by the fact that approximately 47% of the sun’s energy (heat) is absorbed by the ground when it hits the Earth’s surface. Geothermal systems heat and cool your home by tapping into this free, renewable energy with an earth loop.
Why Choose Geothermal Heating and Cooling?
- Geothermal systems can last twice as long as traditional systems, with a lifespan of up to 20 years.
- Geothermal units are very reliable and require less maintenance.
- Geothermal systems heat and cool your home evenly, eliminating hot or cool spots.
- A geothermal system can dehumidify the air in your home on hot, humid days.
- Geothermal systems do not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other greenhouse gasses which makes it an environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home.
- Geothermal systems are designed for quiet operation. Without a noisy outdoor unit, you can enjoy relaxing peacefully outside.
Repair for Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems
There may come a time when your geothermal heating or cooling system starts behaving out of the ordinary. If your geothermal system needs a repair, Williams Comfort Air has experienced technicians available 24/7 to diagnose the problem and offer you options that are in your best interest. Our technician will explain the options so you can make an informed decision.
Maintenance for Geothermal Heating and Cooling
When your Geothermal system is maintained by an expert technician, you are protecting one of your largest home investments. Not only will you keep your equipment warranties valid, you can save money in several ways such as preventing breakdowns or preventing the need to replace your unit sooner than expected.
Replacement or New Installation for Geothermal Heating & Cooling
Every so often, repair or maintenance services can end up being more expensive than upgrading to a new modern system. Our team will help you make an informed decision on whether you should repair or replace your existing geothermal system. We make sure to balance various factors, including total cost, return on the investment, and time necessary to complete the process. In Indianapolis, you can count on Williams Comfort Air for all of your heating and cooling needs. Just give us a call and we will take care of the rest!
Loop Configurations for Geothermal Systems
An increasing number of homeowners are opting for geothermal systems – aside from their advantages in reliability, longevity, and energy efficiency – is that the variety of different geothermal loop systems that professionals can install means even homes with limited land can take advantage of geothermal energy. At Williams Comfort Air, we can handle all of the available configurations of geothermal loop systems.
There are two main types of loop systems for geothermal, with three variations on the closed loop system:
- Closed-loop systems circulate a water-based solution through a “loop system” of small-diameter underground pipes made of high-density polyethylene. They can be installed horizontally, vertically, or in a pond.
- Horizontal Loops are often used when adequate land surface is available. Depending on geothermal system needs and space available, pipes are placed in trenches that range in length from 100 to 400 feet.
- Vertical Loops are one choice for a geothermal heat pump when there is limited land surface. Well-drilling equipment is used to bore small-diameter holes from 100 to 400 feet deep.
- Pond (Lake) Loops are very economical to install when a large body of water is available for use by the geothermal heating and cooling system. Coils of pipe are simply placed on the bottom of the pond or lake to capture the geothermal energy.
- Open Loops can be the most economical type of geothermal system, in ideal conditions. These use groundwater from a well as a direct energy source. Whether the system is open or closed, heat is transferred to or from the structure, regardless of outdoor temperature, to provide year-round comfort.
How do you know which geothermal loop is best for heating and cooling your home? Our Comfort Consultant will survey your property to determine the geothermal loop installation that will deliver the most benefits and highest performance.
Energy Efficiency of Geothermal HVAC systems
Heating or cooling your home with a geothermal system is up to 500% efficient. In other words, when you use one unit of electricity, you get up to five units back to condition the air in your home. Since heating and cooling your home accounts for about 50% of your utility bills and water heating is another 14%, you can save big. Plus, it can heat your water during the summer without additional energy usage. Geothermal systems are so energy efficient that you may get your investment back in savings in as little as 5-10 years, depending upon the efficiency of the system you are replacing. With a geothermal system, you can keep the air in your home comfortable while saving money.
You’ll not only save on energy costs with a Geothermal HVAC but you can also rest easy knowing you won’t have to replace the system any time soon. Geothermal systems can last for decades. The lifespan of the system is typically over 20 years as compared to 10 to 12 years for a traditional heating and cooling system. While a geothermal system may be up to twice the investment of a high-efficiency traditional system, you may still come out on top over time considering the 30% geothermal tax credit (available through 2019), utility rebates, and the fact that you may have to purchase two traditional systems to cover the same lifespan of a geothermal system. Geothermal is an investment that pays for itself over time.
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