If you’re looking for a proven alternative to conventional heating and cooling methods, you may want to consider the increasingly popular geothermal option. Geothermal systems are growing in use as more and more people seek ways to reduce their energy consumption.
Think of the geothermal system as essentially a ground-source heat pump. As with conventional heat pumps, it provides both heating and cooling. But a geothermal system achieves this by utilizing the consistently moderate temperature of the earth below the surface instead of the ambient air above ground. A loop of buried pipe in the ground next to the home is connected to a conventional air handler and ductwork which routes air (kept at a consistent temperature) throughout the house.
While the upfront cost of installing a geothermal system in your home is significant, so are the annual savings in energy costs. In a few short years, your geothermal system will pay for itself in savings to your utility bill.