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Homeowners across North America are searching for better ways to get more out of their energy dollar. Many are finding that Geothermal Heat Pumps can help. Geothermal systems are the worlds most advanced and most cost-efficient heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. The EPA has confirmed geothermal systems operate at 75% greater efficiency than oil furnaces, 48% greater efficiency than gas furnaces and 40% greater efficiency than air source heat pumps.

Geothermal energy costs significantly less to operate than any other heating and cooling system, but it also helps preserve our natural resources and lessens our dependency on fossil fuels.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: The Major Benefits - (if you cannot view the animations to the right please update your shockwave flash player here.)
 
Cost Effective
On a retrofit, geothermal energy's high efficiency typically means much lower utility bills, allowing the investment to be recouped in two to five years years. In addition, some utility companies have financing packages that make the purchase of a geothermal system even less expensive. Still others provide special rates for homes with geothermal systems.
Durability
Because they use fewer mechanical components, and because those components are sheltered from the elements, leaves, dirt, and possible vandalism, geothermal heat pumps are durable and highly reliable. The underground piping used in the system often has 25- to 50- year warranties, and geothermal heat pumps typically last 25 years or more.
Low Maintenance
Geothermal heat pump systems have fewer maintenance requirements than most other systems. When properly installed, the underground components are virtually worry-free. The components in the living space are easily accessible, which increases the convenience factor and helps ensure that the upkeep is done on a timely basis.
Year-Round Comfort
Like typical forced-air furnace or central air-conditioning system, a geothermal system uses ductwork. A two-speed geothermal heat pump is so quiet inside a house that users do not know it is operating: there are no telltale blasts of cold or hot air, depending on whether it's the heating or cooling season. Geothermal heat pumps also improve humidity control naturally.
Quiet Operation

Geothermal heat pumps use no outside condensing units (as you get with conventional air conditioners), so there's no noise or humming to bother either you or your neighbors.

Tax Credit
All geothermal heating and air systems qualify for a 30% tax credit. This covers all equipment and installation costs including drilling of the required wells, bringing installation costs in line with a high efficiency air to air system.
 
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