The geothermal heat pump has earned both a growing share of the market and the consumer classification of the gold standard in energy efficient heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX. Energy efficiency and a long life span are a primary reason why homeowner’s select a geothermal system despite its initial higher cost. When you are in the selection process for new heating and air conditioning, the following may assist you in determining if geothermal technology is the best for you.
How it Works
The geothermal system uses the free energy of the Earth’s fairly consistent underground temperature to provide heating or air conditioning in Katy, TX for your home. You may wonder just how energy efficient a geothermal heat pump is. Carrier offers geothermal heat pumps that can save you up to 70% on the cost of heating and 40% on the cost of air conditioning in Katy, TX.
Approximately 4-6 feet underground the temperature remains fairly constant, with an average of 52-55 degrees F throughout the year. During the winter the underground temperature is warmer than the surface air and in the summer it’s significantly cooler. This is the factor than enables a geothermal heat pump to save you money, and enables the system to yield up to 4 kilowatts of heat for every 1 kilowatt of electricity consumed.
The system uses a field of pipes, called a ground heat exchanger which is buried at a specific depth and filled with water, antifreeze or other liquid medium. The medium is used to provide a preconditioned refrigerant that is either heated up or cooled down in the heat pump, depending on the time of the year. By using a refrigerant with a temperature preconditioned in the ground loops, you gain greater energy efficiency in any weather for heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX.
Clean, Green and Safe
Unlike gas heating, the geothermal heat pump uses electricity for clean operation without pollutants. It is better for the environment, and safer for you.
Geothermal heat pumps are better for the environment:
- The number of geothermal systems currently installed have eliminated the use of 40 trillion BTU’s of fossil fuels each year, while that number continues to grow with each installation.
- The existing number of geothermal systems has reduced the amount of carbon going into the atmosphere by 1.6 million metric tons each year.
- The existing geothermal systems have saved 8 million kWh of power each year and climbing.
- Existing systems have eliminated more than 5.8 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
- The number of geothermal systems currently installed have reduced electrical generation by 2.6 million kW each year and growing
A Superior Life Span
With routine maintenance, the geothermal heat pump unit has an average lifespan of 25 years, while the underground components have an expected lifespan of 50 years under normal conditions. This is a significant improvement over other heating and air conditioning systems.
An Investment That Keeps on Giving
The geothermal heat pump is an investment in energy efficiency that begins immediately and continues to give for the lifespan of the system. While it is true the initial investment is higher than a conventional heat pump, the energy savings will offset the costs of the installation over a reasonable period of time. In addition, installation may qualify you for rebates and tax credits. Check with federal, state, county, local and utility resources for up-to-date information on available incentives when you upgrade to geothermal heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX .
It is essential to hire a qualified HVAC professional with experience and proficiency in geothermal technology and installation. Your satisfaction and the performance of geothermal heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX depend on the expertise of the installer.
If you are considering the installation of a geothermal heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX, contact our NATE certified technicians and we will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. Our experienced HVAC technicians offer the expertise required for the proper installation of HVAC systems, including the geothermal heat pump. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning is a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.