Doing Your Part to Keep Your HVAC System Running

A few months ago, my air conditioner completely died. I woke up in the middle of the night covered in sweat, and I didn't know what to do. The next day, I called an HVAC expert, and they came out to inspect my system. It turned out that it had failed because of filthy filters and a clogged return duct, which made me sick to my stomach. I had caused the problem, and I needed to learn how to fix things. My HVAC professional taught me a few easy maintenance techniques that I didn't know before, so that I could maintain my new system. Check out this blog to learn more about HVAC yourself.

Geothermal Heating And Cooling Systems: An Introduction For The Average Homeowner


Of all of the upgrades you can make to your home, choosing the proper heating and cooling systems could easily be one of the most intimidating. This is highly relative to the fact that whichever system you choose will have a direct impact on how much you pay for heating and cooling expenses in the long term. On a search for heating and cooling efficiency, you are bound to come across geothermal systems. Even though geothermal heating and cooling systems have been around for a while, a lot of homeowners don't know a lot about them. Here is a quick look at a few of the most common questions about geothermal heating and cooling systems and the answers you need to know. 

What exactly is a geothermal heating and cooling system?

A geothermal heating and cooling system is a central HVAC system that utilizes the heat from the ground to keep your home warm and eliminates heat in the summer by harvesting it from your home and depositing it into the ground. There are several different forms of geothermal heating and cooling systems. However, all of them are designed with the idea of using energy from the atmosphere for heating and cooling instead of relying on fuels so much, such as electricity or natural gas. 

Are geothermal heating and cooling systems more expensive?

In most cases, yes. Geothermal heating and cooling systems are much more complex in design than your average HVAC system. Therefore, the investment in these systems and the installation of these systems can be higher. However, the higher costs of a geothermal heating and cooling system will easily be offset in the long term because of the energy savings. You can expect to see an immediate difference in how much electricity or other fuel your home uses on a monthly basis if you have one of these systems in place. 

How long do geothermal heating and cooling systems last?

Geothermal heating and cooling systems actually do have just as long of a lifespan as many other central HVAC systems. The interior components of your geothermal system can easily last for 25 years, and the exterior ground loop components can last twice that or longer. Plus, components can be replaced on an as-needed basis instead of having to buy the entire system when one part of the system reaches the end of its life. 

Contact your local HVAC contractor for more information.


5 January 2017