Geothermal is new to some homeowners, but has been around for 30+ years. As with every system it gets better, more efficient and has more tech advances each year. We have tried to answer some of the basic question about geothermal with this page. Contact us with further questions, we would love to further educate you on Geothermal, the very best HVAC system you can have in your home whether existing or new construction.
How Geothermal WorksNo matter the temperatures outside, whether cold or heat, 5 feet down the ground is Indiana is a consisten 54-55 degrees all year round. A geothermal system, which typically consists of an indoor unit and a buried earth loop, capitalizes on these constant temperatures to provide "free" thermal energy. In winter, fluid circulating through the system's earth loop absorbs stored heat and carries it indoors. The goethermal unit compresses the heat to a higher temperature and distributes it throughout the home. In summer, the systm reverses, pulling heat from the home, carrying it through the earth loop and depositing it in the cooler earth.
Benefits of GeothermalEmits no greenhouse gases Earth loop antifreeze does not hurt the environment Refrigerants do not hearm earth's ozone layer Eco-friendly operations Healthy air and safety Constant supply of hot water Lower energy bills Combined with solar, geothermal is NET ZERO carbon foot print
Is Geothermal AffordableYes! There are many incentives for geothermal making it affordable. The most notable is the energy savings. In an existing home your payback is 2-3 years. In new construction your payback starts on day one. There are also additional savings that can come from county property tax credits and electric utility company rebates depending on where you live. Let's not forget the current Federal Tax Credits! There is now a 30% federal tax credit through 2032
Frequenty Asked QuestionsDo I need a humidifier? Every house is different. The geothermal system does not change the need for one. It's really about your comfort and your choice. Are they quiet? YES! Not only is it a very quiet system, with no outdoor unit there is no longer the noise outside nor the wear and tear from the weather. What kind of filter do they use? Geothermal systems use a filter like any other system. They come in various sizes and styles. Indiana Geothermal stocks ClimateMaster filters. What is the temp of the air coming out of the registers? Very similar to a conventional system. Range is 90 to 110 degrees. How much land do I need for a geothermal loop? You can put a geothermal system in any size home or size lot. The decision is mainly about cost. A horizontal loop is the most cost effective loop to install but does take more yard space. A vertical loop can be put in the smallest of yards, but can add $3000 - $4000 to the cost for the drilling. The best way to make this decision is to have someone come to your home and walk you through your choices.