The Ultimate Power:Why We Use Geothermal Energy to Heat and Cool your CustomSmart Home
Throughout human history people have been able to find energy sources in amazing ways, and many of today's popular energy sources have been in use for thousands of years. Wind power and passive solar building designs have been in use for thousands of years, and we've improved the efficiency of these energy generation systems with wind turbines, solar cells, and other forms of technology.
Today many energy efficient homes use a combination of eco-friendly technologies. Some choose to use a combination of solar and wind power, but at CustomSmart Homes we use solar power and geothermal energy in order to provide our customers the most energy efficient homes possible. Some people may wonder why we choose to use geothermal energy instead of other options. After you learn about the benefits of using geothermal energy, you'll wonder why other builders haven't utilized this technology in their buildings.
The Benefits of Geothermal Energy
Geothermal energy is clean, renewable, efficient, and like solar and wind power, geothermal energy has been in use for centuries. Geothermal energy comes from the heat stored within the earth; 47% of the solar energy that hits the earth is absorbed into the ground. Because of this absorbed energy, the temperature of the ground stays uniform (approximately 55 degrees F), throughout the year regardless of the season or ambient air temperatures. This geothermal energy is the ideal free energy source for consumers. When captured by using a ground source heat pump it becomes one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home on the market today.
A Geothermal heat pump works by taking advantage of the constant ground temperature. It circulates water through an underground system of tubing and runs the liquid through a heat exchanger that contains a sealed refrigerant loop. By reversing the direction of the refrigerant, the system can work as a heat source or as an air conditioner. Although it does take a small amount of electricity to run the pumps and compressor, the Geothermal heat pumps use very little energy and are very inexpensive to operate. Using a geothermal heating and cooling system for your home will save you 60%-70% on your heating and cooling costs and keep you extremely comfortable year round. Currently there is also a 30% federal tax credit for installing a geothermal system in your home!
The greenest way to go!
Looking for an efficient, cost effective, and environmentally friendly heating/cooling system? A geothermal heat pump is the greenest way to go. Learn the facts about geothermal energy.
- An EPA study of energy efficiency concluded geothermal energy is the most environmentally friendly heating/cooling system.
- The United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded that geothermal energy is more efficient and cost-effective compared with conventional residential systems.
- Geothermal cost savings can be increased by geothermal energy incentives, available from federal, state, local, and utility sources.
If you want an eco-friendly home that can save you money, get in touch with CustomSmart Homes so we can build you the green home of your dreams.