Despite how changeable the temperatures can be across the seasons in Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties in New Jersey, and Bucks County in PA, temperatures are quite stable year-round as little as 4 feet underground. Using a sophisticated, underground pipe loop, geothermal systems capitalize on this consistency to efficiently provide comfortable heating and cooling throughout your home year-round.
How Geothermal Works
Did you know heat pumps provide both cooling and heating? Despite their misleading name, it’s true! Geothermal heat pumps are very versatile.
Simply put, geothermal heat pumps use an underground network of pipes filled with refrigerant, or a water and anti-freeze solution, installed under or near your home to keep your house comfortable.
Wonder how it’s possible to pull cold from the earth even in the dog days of summer? Fun fact: the earth below the frost line (in New Jersey, this is right around 3 feet down) stays consistently around 55 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. In the summertime, geothermal systems are incredibly efficient at moving cooler temperatures from the ground into your hot home. Here’s how it’s done:
A geothermal cooling system absorbs the heat from your indoor air and carries it to the underground pipes, where it dissipates into the ground. By efficiently removing heat from the air in your home, geothermal systems keep you comfortable.
As you’re likely aware, geothermal heat pumps also work in reverse to provide heat in the colder months, absorbing heat from the ground and bringing it inside to keep you warm, offering you ultimate versatility.
The Benefits of Geothermal
It’s tough to beat the efficiency of a geothermal heat pump. Here are some of the key benefits to making the switch:
You might be wondering — are geothermal heat pumps worth the money? Geothermal heat pumps use 25-50% less energy than traditional heating and cooling systems, and making the switch can save homeowners up to 72% on their heating and cooling costs, according to the EPA.
Investing in the Long-term
Geothermal heat pumps are hardy. Standard furnaces or air conditioners tend to last around 15 years and function as separate units with separate maintenance bills. The indoor components of a geothermal heat pump provide up to 25 years of reliable operation, and the outdoor piping systems offer solid function for up to 50 years.
No More Fossil Fuels
Switching to an all-electric geothermal heat pump could allow you to completely cut ties with fossil fuels and eliminate a huge part of your carbon footprint, making these units super environmentally friendly.
Still Concerned About Cost? Tax Programs Can Help
There has never been a better time to invest in lowering your home’s energy bills. Current federal tax programs are in place to support New Jersey and Pennsylvania homeowners in making the switch to cleaner energy and see savings for years to come. Taking advantage of these programs can save you up to 26% on your installation costs!
If you’re ready to consider this highly effective energy upgrade, or even if you have lingering questions, Princeton Air is here to help.
Reach out to the experts to learn more about geothermal heating and cooling for your home. Call or contact us online today!