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What Is Geothermal Heat

By Edited Feb 6, 2016 1 2

You might have heard all the buzz about geothermal heat pumps and might be wondering what they are and how they can be used in your home. Well, simply put they are a heat pump that uses the earth's heat to provide heat instead of the air. In the winter months the geothermal heat pump will take the heat that is stored in the ground to deliver heat, and in the summer it will put the heat in your home into the ground to cool your home.

These systems are an answer to the environmental problems associated with energy and the pollution that is created and they cut down on the high cost of energy. It is a homeowner's answer to being greener and richer. Not only will the homeowner be able to do their part to help the environment, but they will also save some money on the heat bill.

They are considerably costly to install, but they will pay the homeowner back in a period of time by the lower energy bills. You will also have to find a contractor to install your geothermal heat source. Find one that has had some experience in dealing with these heat systems.

Be careful when you are hiring a contractor that you hire someone with a great reputation. Check around with people who have hired the contractor before and find out if they are a reputable businessperson. If you have friends who have installed geothermal heat systems in the past, you should get a recommendation for your contractor.

Research all you can on the use of geothermal heat systems before you make the decision to have one put into your home. You might find that the expense is not worth the price tag that is associated with these systems. Look online for some great information and get knowledgeable about the subject. You should know what you are purchasing before you fork over your money.

Ask your friends and family who have these types of systems in their home if they have found that it was worth the cost. It is a good idea to get the opinions of people that you know and trust. You will be sure to get an honest answer to your questions.

Finally, when you decide to get a geothermal heat system installed in your home, you will know that you are making an informed decision. It pays to be an informed consumer; you will be able to make the best decisions for you.



Jan 30, 2010 8:49pm
This sounds like a great idea for the person staying put. But we seem to settle for a couple of years and then take off again, I know we have put in 8 brand new gas hot water systems during our life and each time we shifted not long after. but thats just us. otherwise great idea.
Feb 5, 2010 4:11pm
A system like that would bring the value of the house up considerably unlike a hot water tank that is just expected to be there when you buy.
The only time I will be putting in geothermal is when building a new house that is designed around the system to make it well worth the money and at the same time will be included in the cost when mortgaging.
You also have to factor in what it takes to drill, the mess, enough room for equipment to get in etc.
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