Geothermal heating is just one of the many ways to heat your home or building during the winter. Based on the heating and cooling relationship between the earth and the sun, geothermal heating is an environmentally friendly and energy efficient heat system option.
Geothermal heating capitalizes on the fact that the earth absorbs 47% of the sun’s energy – an amount that is able to supply mankind’s energy use 500 times over. This energy, which also has the perk of being both renewable and clean, can be channeled to both heat and cool a building, as well as to provide hot water.
Geothermal heating has a circular track. During the winter, the geothermal unit takes the heat that has been stored in the ground. In cooler weather, that heat is then returned to the earth, finishing the cycle.
The Environmental Protection Agency has shown that geothermal heating reduces energy consumption and emissions (such as CO2 and greenhouse gas) while strengthening U.S. energy security. The more homes that choose geothermal heating as their primary heat source, the more the U.S. can reduce its dependency on foreign oil as well as its overall consumption of electricity.
Beyond the benefits to the planet, geothermal heating ranks high in customer satisfaction. Many utility companies find that customers who have chosen geothermal heating over other more conventional heating and cooling systems are more pleased with their system – and over 95% claim that they would recommend it to a friend.
Geothermal heating is also wallet friendly. Reports show that schools that have implemented geothermal heating systems have saved more than $25 million in their energy costs. It has also shown that a geothermal heater can save a typical homeowner anywhere from 25-50% on his or her electric bill.
If you are concerned about your budget or the planet, geothermal heating is one option as you consider your preferred choice for heating and cooling.