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Benefits of Using a Geothermal HVAC System to Cool Your Home

The summer temps in Joplin, Missouri are consistently in the upper 80s to low 90s. That kind of heat can really drive up your cooling costs if you have a conventional cooling system. You can offset your costs and reduce your carbon footprint by installing a geothermal system. Here are some benefits you can realize by cooling your home with a geothermal HVAC system.

Lowers Your Energy Bills

Geothermal systems are extremely energy efficient. In fact, they have a 400% efficiency rating and can save you upwards of 70% on your energy bills. These numbers vary depending on the weather and local climate. Geothermal systems can achieve this kind of efficiency because they do not create heat. They simply transfer it using a pump, compressor, refrigerant, and blower.

A geothermal system comprises pipes full of water or some kind of safe liquid that does not freeze. The temperature underground is constantly between 50 and 60 F year-round. In the summer when you want to cool your home, the system simply absorbs Earth’s heat using a refrigerant and compressor system and transfers it to the pipes that run back into the ground. Once in the earth, the hot liquid is cooled and brought back into the house and transferred to the heat exchanger, which is where the cool air is produced and then distributed throughout your home. You can reverse this process by the flip of a switch to provide heating in winter.

Pays for Itself

Regardless of the high initial cost of installing a geothermal HVAC system, it can pay for itself in about 5 years with the money you save on utility bills. Geothermal HVAC systems also do not cost as much to maintain as traditional systems, and they last a lot longer. Aside from the blower, compressor, and thermostat, there isn’t a whole lot that needs to be maintained or that can go wrong with one of these systems. The parts should easily last a couple of decades, and you only need maintenance once a year. If you have a forced-air system, you will want to make sure your ductwork stays clean and free of leaks.

You can expect to get anywhere from 10 to 15 good years out of a traditional HVAC system. With geothermal systems, on the other hand, you can expect decades of useful life. In fact, some come with a 50-year warranty!

Upland Services is your trusted source for everything HVAC and plumbing. We can install a geothermal system in your home, clean your ductwork, tend to your water heater, and much more. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation for a geothermal HVAC system.