Geothermal systems work by using the temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home. The beauty of the system is that, just below the earth’s surface, the temperature of the ground remains a constant, cool temperature all year round. The trick is to use this temperature to heat and cool your home, drastically decreasing your yearly energy costs.
The process is fairly simple in theory, similar to the way a refrigerator or freezer works. When in cooling mode, the heat is pumped into the ground and is naturally cooled by the earth’s resting temperature of 55-60 degrees. This cooled air is then returned to the home and pumped throughout, effectively lowering the temperature inside. When in heating mode, however, the naturally occurring temperature is pumped into a refrigerant, which is then pushed through an area of extreme pressure, raising the temperature of the air to almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
These systems can also be hooked up to your water heater, effectively heating and cooling your water. This system doesn’t work as quickly as it does for heating and cooling your home, however, so it’s still required that you have a boiler installed. However, you can average about 2-3 months a year in which you are not paying to heat your water at all.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems can reduce a Central New York homeowner's annual heating and cooling costs by as much as 70%.
Taxpayers may claim a 30% federal tax credit on the cost of geothermal equipment and installation. There is no maximum limit to the credit. Systems must be placed in service by December 31, 2016. Learn more about the Federal Personal Income Tax Credit for Geothermal Systems.
To learn more about how these systems work, watch the video below from EarthLinked Technologies.
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