Geo Thermal is not new, yet, it is the wave of the future. Although still quite pricey, it gives you a different return on investment. The new designs have allowed this system to be a very effective money saver. So, in a nutshell, here’s how it works; Geo Thermal transfers energy from the earth, and puts energy back into the earth. Geo does not make energy; it transfers the existing available energy—no oil flame, coil, wood, etc. Indeed, it requires power and a considerable amount to run the units. However, even with this, it is so much more efficient in the reduction of overall energy use.
There is one very important piece to the Geo Thermal puzzle, and that is engineering design. Each building, home, etc. has its own characteristics, which requires an extremely well designed system, and that requires several days of engineering time. There is usually a cost associated with this design, which will include heat losses, Geo Room piping schematics, bore-hole depths, and even the amount of transfer needed to be effective. These costs are in addition to the actual equipment and installation charges. Unfortunately, I have had the disappointing task of repairing several systems that were not designed or installed properly and, therefore, never worked correctly. This has become a major problem in the industry and very unfortunate for the homeowner, since there is no easy or inexpensive fix to this.
When done correctly, Geo Thermal is an excellent, clean, and safe HVAC system. It is indeed the future of HVAC. Many systems that I have installed have actually exceeded my expectations, which was very exciting to the homeowner.
Incentives from our government and individual states help curb energy saving expenditures. With that in mind, it is important to note that the largest tax credit is for the costs associated with Geo Thermal installations. The credit is 30% of the total cost, including excavation, electric, plumbing, carpentry, etc. This can result in a very large credit. An example system installed for $85,000.00 would result in a tax credit of $25,000.00. Your final cost for this state of the art system would then be about $59,500.00, which is the normal cost of a good quality, but standard HVAC system.
Steve Martin is the president of Steve Martin Ent Inc., and specializes in the design and installation of Geo Thermal Systems and Building Automation Systems. Further information about Geo Thermal HVAC can be found on his web site: www.SteveMartinentinc.com