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In this day and age, there is a large focus on trying to find solutions to high-energy costs and being more eco-friendly. One of the most promising solutions is right in your own backyard! Extremely efficient geothermal heat pumps provide clean, quiet heating and cooling, while potentially cutting utility bills up to 70 percent.
Geothermal heat pumps function much like modern heat pumps by using a refrigerant to obtain and move heat between in and outdoors. The outstanding difference is that conventional heat pumps use outside air, where geothermal systems transfer heat, via long loops of fluid filled pipes buried in the ground. This may sound kind of strange, but in all honesty, it is a concept that is as old as man.
The earth’s temperature is always at a temperature around 50 degrees (give or take a few degrees), no matter how hot or cold it gets. Imagine how hard a conventional heat pump has to work to extract heat from the freezing winter air or to dump it into the sweltering summer air. The ground source loops of the geothermal heat pump have an easier job making use of the consistent temperature of the earth and absorbing its warmth to heat your house or letting it absorb heat to cool your house. This calculates to about one kilowatt hour of electricity to create approximately 12, 000 Btu of heating or cooling.
Geothermal systems are twice as efficient as some of the best air conditioning units and 50 percent more effective than some of the best gas furnaces. These units can cut heating and cooling bills 30-70 percent. Unlike their conventional HVAC counterparts, they don’t have noisy outdoor compressors and fans. On the “green” side, they reduce greenhouse gas emissions immensely (one system installed is like planting 750 trees or taking 2 cars off the road).
Aside from all of the great things that geothermal systems do for your utility costs, the environment, and your heating efficiency, they also provide some outstanding tax credits and incentives! Currently, the federal incentive is 30 percent of total install cost, with no upper limit. The state of Oregon provides up to $900 in tax credits, and a lot of local utility providers offer their own incentives.
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