WaterFurnace Heat Pump System
WaterFurnace is the nations' leading manufacturer and installer of geothermal systems . Their introduction of a total system package for a residential geothermal closed loop in the 1980s has led to decades of growth in a small but growing segment of the home heating and cooling market.
Geothermal is a rapidly growing segment of the green heating and cooling market, and for good reason. A study on energy efficiency by the EPA concluded that geothermal energy is the most environmentally-friendly form of heating and cooling system for homes. Geothermal has also been identified as more efficient and cost-effective compared to traditional HVAC systems by the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Sustainable, cost-effective, and very efficient, geothermal is an option for homeowners anywhere in the U.S.; the energy geothermal needs to work is literally right under our feet, wherever we are.
The Benefits of a WaterFurnace Geothermal SystemHomeowners looking for green heating and cooling options are turning to geothermal for all of these reasons. WaterFurnace all-in-one systems provide a natural heat pump designed to give owners years of very reliable service. Some of the benefits of a WaterFurnace geothermal system are:
Low Operating Costs: Geothermal operates much more efficiently than a gas or electric HVAC system; it is common for WaterFurnace owners to see energy savings (and related costs) of up to 70% for all of a homes' heating, cooling, and hot water needs.
WaterFurnace systems supply even, precise indoor air year-round. When it's cold out, the system supplies warm air without the 'up and down' blasts of air associated with conventional forced-air furnaces. When it's cool, the system supplies cool, dehumidified air.
WaterFurnace systems are designed for quiet operation; there are no noisy outdoor units, unlike traditional air conditioning and heat pump units.
All WaterFurnace components are installed indoors, away from the harsh elements, and are designed for years of reliable service.
The main selling point of WaterFurnace systems are their sustainability factor. With a WaterFurnace Geothermal System, there are no carbon dioxide emissions, no carbon monoxide emissions, or any other kind of harmful or polluting emissions. No other HVAC system, not even the most energy-efficient furnace or air conditioner on the market, can make the same claim.
A Very Brief Overview of GeothermalHow exactly does a WaterFurnace geothermal system do all that it does? It might seem like it would need a complicated scientific explanation, but the reality is actually quite simple.
No matter where on the aplanet you are, or how hot or cold the climate, the temperature below the ground (below the freeze line in cold areas) remains relatively constant, right around 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. It maintains this consistency by absorbing some of the suns' heat energy. The WaterFurnace geothermal system taps into (literally) this constant, free energy with an earth loop (a series of underground pipes that circulate water through the earth and transfer the energy into and out of the home) to heat and cool the home.
When heat is needed, the WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump uses the earth loop to extract heat from the earth. The system pulls the heat from the loops, compresses it to the desired temperature, and distributes it into the home through conventional ductwork. The heat can also be used for radiant floor heat or hot water heating.
To cool a home, the process is reversed. Rather than extract heat from the ground for use in the home, the homes' excess heat is extracted and moved through the earth loop (and reabsorbed into the ground) or used to heat water in the home.
WaterFurnace for Any HomeA WaterFurnace Geothermal System is perfect for new home construction; the earth loops can easily be buried in the ground before a lawn or landscaping is installed. WaterFurnace systems can also be used for retrofitting or replacing an existing homes' conventional HVAC system, especially a forced-air system. Since there is no combustion at all, they can be installed in areas without access to vents.
Installing a Geothermal System by WaterFurnace qualifies for a onetime tax credit of 30% of the total investment in a geothermal heat pump system through 2016. Learn more aboutEnergy Tax Credits HERE.
Green Home Certification with WaterFurnace
Since geothermal releases no carbon emissions or any other form of pollution, and is a very high-efficiency form of heating and cooling, it can help any home become qualified for green home certification. To learn more about Green Home Certification, click HERE.
WaterFurnace Geothermal: Is it Right for You?
Geothermal heating and cooling is a growing field, but it is relatively uncommon in most areas; as such, there may be some hesitancy to choosing it over a more traditional type of HVAC system. That's understandable, but homeowners who have installed geothermal tend to not like it, but love its' efficiency, reliability, and low environmental footprint. There are over a million geothermal installations in the U.S. now, with over 50,000 more being added each year. An online forum, www.geoexchange.org, is a great place to see what actual geothermal owners think of their systems.
How Much Will it Cost?
WaterFurnace has a great savings calculator that will help show you how much you can save on energy bills by choosing a WaterFurnace geothermal system. You can find it HERE.
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