Go Green in 2018. It doesn’t have to be just a catchy phrase. If this is one of your goals for the new year, then the first thing you should do is call Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric to talk with us about residential geothermal heating and cooling. It’s one of the “greenest” things you can do for your home.
A quick refresher course could be in order. Geothermal HVAC systems use the constant ground temperature under the soil to provide cooling in the summer and heat during the winter. You tap into the heating and cooling by installing a series of underground pipe loops. The engine driving the system is a ground source heat pump. It uses the same technology as air source heat pumps that are used to heat and cool millions of homes. But instead of wildly fluctuating air temperatures, the near constant underground temperature makes ground source heat pumps much more efficient.
A geothermal system is truly the king of renewable energy. It can cut your monthly utility bills by up to 70% while heating and cooling your home with very few emissions, thereby reducing your carbon footprint. No, this is not some futuristic technology we’re talking about. It’s available right now!
Armstrong doesn’t want you to be intimidated by the numbers because geothermal heating and cooling systems cost more upfront. But according to the energy.gov website, the extra cost is returned to you in energy savings within 5 to 10 years. After that, the extra money goes into your pocket or bank account. The money will add up because of the lifespan of a geothermal system. The indoor components are estimated to last 25 years, and the ground loop piping is expected to last for 50 years or more.
Geothermal certainly isn’t something E.H. Armstrong was thinking about when he started what is now Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric back in 1934. But geothermal heating and cooling is just one of many new technologies we’ve embraced since those days. It’s one reason why we now have more than 100 highly-trained employees to serve all of your needs—and why we like to say, “Something Wrong? Better Call Armstrong!”