How Do I Establish Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Alaska Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopYou might well ask someone who still hasn’t heard about geothermal heating and cooling if they’ve been living underground for, oh, say, the last half century. Of course, that person would surely miss the irony of your question, since the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

Anymore, though, most Alaska homeowners have heard at least a little about the rewards of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are mulling one over, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their existing system or as the system they install in that new home they’ll soon have under construction.

Thinking about switching to geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are attractive:

  • Supplanting your old, familiar HVAC system with a geothermal one could help you cut your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are extraordinarily energy efficient. That, in addition to the fact that they have a benignly symbiotic relationship with the environment, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems you could install.
  • Considering the options geothermal systems provide – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, to begin with – you have a better chance of assuring that the system you pick is the most efficient and effective for your Alaska home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are designed for generations of trustworthy performance. The fact that they have few parts, need less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be situated indoors, out of the weather, definitely helps.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be installed any time of the year. The weather and the temperature are no obstruction, and no further fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Only a small patch of your yard need be set aside for a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is required is discreet; your home and landscaping will lose none of the “curb appeal” you work hard to maintain.
  • Last, but not least, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming increasingly wallet-friendly – even lacking, as we do at the moment, federal tax credits and rebates. Improvements in system design and manufacturing processes as well as increased competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
Still, as attractive as all this may be, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a major investment. Whether or not it’s the right investment for you is dependent not only on your bank account but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the current ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you settle on replacing or retrofitting your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, contact the experts at Energy Efficiency Associates. We can help you make the best choice – and provide you with the best geothermal heating and cooling solution for your Alaska home.