Saving Money with a Geothermal System
Do you know how much you are spending each year on energy costs? Energy Star® estimates that the average household spends $2,200 each year1, with nearly 45% of that coming from heating and air conditioning functions2. This can be a costly expense for any family, leading many to seek alternative options for heating and cooling their home or office. With spring already here and summer just around the corner, your air conditioner will soon be working overtime to keep your family comfortable. Many have invested in St. Louis geothermal heat pumps as one money-saving option.
What exactly is a geothermal system? Geothermal systems use the air from below Earth’s surface, which remains at a near constant temperature of 54 degrees3, to heat and cool your home without significant use of electricity. With this type of system, a loop of pipes are buried underground and filled with a fluid to allow for easy heat transfer. In the winter, air is heated below Earth’s surface and transferred to the above ground heat pump where it is heated further and circulated throughout the home. In the summer, this process is reversed and warm air is pumped from the house, back into the ground.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are ideal for saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of using less electricity to operate, the use of such a system results in significant savings on utilities. In addition to reduced monthly energy costs, you can also take advantage of a 30% tax credit as well as any rebates which may be offered by the manufacturer and your electricity/gas company. Feel free to consult with an Anton’s Air Conditioning & Heating specialist regarding this energy efficient option. Call today for more information!
1Energy Star; http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/publications/pubdocs/HeatingCoolingGuide%20FINAL_9-4-09.pdf?3067-d670
2Federal Trade Commission; http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea05.shtm
3U.S. Department of Energy; http://energy.gov/videos/energy-101-geothermal-heat-pumps