At Finken, we take pride in offering energy- and cost-saving equipment to local homeowners. While geothermal HVAC systems have been around for decades and are amazingly efficient at heating and cooling a home, not many people know of or utilize them.
So let’s take a look at how a geothermal system works, and some concerns you may have about it. Let us know if you have any follow up questions!
Unlike an ordinary HVAC system, geothermal HVAC doesn’t burn any fossil fuels; instead, it uses electricity. Without combustion, the chance of explosion is reduced to nothing, and without fumes from the burning of fuel, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from your HVAC system dissipates.
As noted, a geothermal HVAC system uses electricity to operate and not fossil fuels. You may think electricity might be more expensive than fuel, but geothermal is typically 300-400% efficient, meaning you could save up to 60% on your costs to heat and cool your home.
Geothermal systems also have a longer life cycle, lasting 20-24 years when properly maintained. The indoor portion – fan, compressor, pump – typically last 10-12 years, but are much less expensive than purchasing an entire furnace or boiler.
Because they are so efficient, there are some rebates and grants for purchasing geothermal systems. If you’re an Xcel Energy customer, you can get a cash rebate of $150 per ton your system will be rated to use (5 ton limit) on a qualifying system. We can help you find the right system for your home which will still qualify for rebates.