As the temperature drops, heating bills rise. But this winter, you don’t have to choose between freezing to death or shelling out fat wads of cash. A geothermal heat pump keeps your house warm while shrinking your heating bill by about 70 percent, and from now until December 31, 2016, you can receive a federal tax credit for 30 percent of the installation cost. How do geothermal systems work? It’s pretty simple. Outdoor air temperatures change with the seasons, but beneath the surface, the earth maintains a constant temperature. Geothermal pumps use an underground piping system draw in heat during the winter and disperse heat during the summer.
Here’s why installing one is a smart move:
1. Geothermal systems keep your piggy bank full.
Geothermal heat pumps save homeowners about 70 percent in heating costs, 50 percent in cooling costs, and 50 percent in hot water costs. Federal and local incentives can help cut the costs of installing a geothermal heat pump, typically by 30-60 percent. Plus, the savings quickly add up to pay for the costs of the initial installation in five to 10 years.
2. Geothermal systems aren’t high maintenance.
These systems run quietly and require very little upkeep. Plus, you don’t have to have a large yard to install one. It’s important to use a qualified HVAC company for installation, but once installed, your system will last for decades.
3. Geothermal systems work with nature, not against it.
Geothermal systems harness the earth’s core temperature to keep your house comfy and your wallet full. And since they don’t use fossil fuels or emit greenhouse gasses, they’re good for the planet.
Take Your Savings to the Next Level
A new geothermal heat pump will shrink your heating bill dramatically, and you can go above and beyond by making a few efficiency updates to your house. Add insulation to your attic and walls, caulk your windows, seal your ductwork, and install programmable thermostats to save even more. Ready to save money and stay warm this winter? Contact us for a free estimate on a geothermal heat pump and information on other energy-saving tricks. Act before December 31, 2016 for a 30-percent tax credit.