Time to Retrofit Your Alaska Home with a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System?

Old home or new, if you’re unhappy with the HVAC system you’ve got, 2018 could be the year – should be the year – you move up to geothermal. Prices will surely never be as good again. And, if you need help with the up-front cash outlay, interest-free loans are usually available to homeowners from manufacturers, vendors, and installation contractors. You’d be wise to consult now with Energy Efficiency Associates, the Alaska geothermal authority, about what financing options you may have – that is, if you’re earnest about upgrading to a geothermal heating and cooling system this year. Energy Efficiency Associates can also inform you as to whether or not any current state or local homeowner programs might offer some measure of financial relief. Tax credits may be available also. After all, geothermal heating and cooling systems are definitely an enhancement in energy efficiency over the more customary HVAC systems.

There’s some good news, too, about the installation cost of a geothermal enhancement. First, a freshly installed geothermal system will significantly cut your home’s utility bills. You could see immediate savings of anywhere from 20 to 50 percent on cooling – and 30 to 60 percent on heating! Over time, then, your geothermal system will pay for itself. And you’re going to own your geothermal system for a very long time.

Bear in mind that an ordinary furnace, even when well maintained, might last something like 15 years. A geothermal system? It’s mechanics are designed and engineered to last up to 30 years. And the ground loop dug into your yard is good for 50 years at least!

So … initial cost considerations aside, a geothermal heating and cooling system is better for you no matter how you look at it. Among its greatest assets are …

  • having an unceasingly – and easily – renewable source of energy, directly from the earth,
  • being an efficient “two-in-one” system – heating and cooling [[capability bundled in one trim package
  • lower operating costs – since geothermal systems need so little electricity,
  • an exceptionally long lifespan – as mentioned earlier,
  • significantly quieter operation than run-of-the-mill heating and cooling systems – since much of your geothermal system is buried outside in the yard, and the components of it that aren’t don’t undergo the same stresses and strains,
  • lower repair costs – other than a modest schedule of inspections and changing or cleaning filters, you have fewer maintenance needs with a geothermal system since its relatively few parts are just transferring heat from the ground, not producing it,
  • cleaner and safer operation – in contrast to combustion appliances, geothermal systems present no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, instead providing clean, marvelously breathable air, and, of course,
  • heating and cooling capabilities that rank among the most environmentally friendly of any system you could find – since, in the winter, a geothermal system is merely transferring heat from the ground into your home, and in the summer, it’s removing heat to keep your home cool.

So what’s holding you back? Make this the year you retrofit and refresh your home with a geothermal heating and cooling system. Contact Energy Efficiency Associates now about the proper way to go about it!