Posts Tagged ‘Geothermal Systems’

I Can Cool My House with a Geothermal System?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

These days, homeowners have more choices than ever when it comes to whole home cooling. But if you are looking for a very environmentally-friendly system to cool your home, you may want to consider a geothermal system. This type of system works very differently from other systems in that it uses the Earth to help cool your home (bonus: it heats, too). Due to its unique structure and functioning, it’s imperative to hire experts of geothermal systems for the installation and maintenance of this type of system. The trained and certified professionals at Davison Heating & Cooling are such experts, and we can help you with all your geothermal system needs. (more…)

Will a Geothermal System Handle My Needs for the Upcoming Winter as Well?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Geothermal heat pumps are one of the optimal ways to achieve year-round comfort for a home. It often surprises people how well geothermal systems work at providing air conditioning; a well-installed system can deliver the same amount of cooling as a standalone air conditioning system or air-source heat pump of comparable size, and using less energy in the bargain.

But what about the heating side of geothermal heat pumps? If you’ve researched standard heat pumps before, the ones that use the outside air for their exchange medium, you will probably have come across the warning that they can have difficulty in sub-freezing temperatures—a condition that occurs regularly in Michigan during the winter. Can geothermal systems in Davison, MI handle the heavy winters?

The simple answer: yes. That’s one of the outstanding features of a geothermal system. Call Davison Heating & Cooling today to learn more about geothermal installation and how you can have a cozy and energy-efficient winter.

Why geothermal heating can handle any cold weather

The secret to how geothermal (ground-source) heat pumps avoid the pitfalls of air-source heat pumps when it comes to winter is the stability of temperature in the earth. At a point 6–10 feet below the frost line, the heat emanating from the Earth’s core warms the ground to around 55°F and keeps it stable. The above-ground temperature could plunge to double-digit negatives, and the underground temperature would still not change.

An air-source heat pump, which must extract heat from the outside air and move it to the inside of a house, would have a difficult time with freezing temperatures. But a geothermal heat pump can easily extract enough heat from the warm ground to supply a house with the warmth it needs. The refrigerant used in the ground loops contains antifreeze to make sure that the cold weather won’t hinder it.

As with cooling, a geothermal heat pump in heating mode works 4–6 times more efficiently than a standard heat pump. Even with their higher costs for installation, a geothermal system will quickly pay for itself. (The EPA estimated a payback period of 5–10 years.) They also last far longer than other heating and cooling systems, giving you many years to enjoy those savings.

Geothermal may not work on some properties because of space restrictions or differences in the soil. We will find out if a ground-source heat pump is your best option for staying comfortable all year.

Call Davison Heating & Cooling today and arrange an appointment with one of our Davison, MI geothermal systems specialists to survey your property.

Why Geothermal Systems Are Worth the Up Front Cost

Friday, February 28th, 2014

If people shy away from having a geothermal heating and cooling system installed in their home, it’s almost always because of the up-front cost. Installing a geothermal system in Waterford, MI (or anywhere, for that matter) costs more than installing traditional comfort systems like air-source heat pumps, air conditioners, furnaces, or boilers. Many people instead opt for these more initially economical systems, and unfortunately miss out on the numerous benefits of geothermal systems that make them worth the extra expense.

We are not saying that everyone should have geothermal systems installed: they do not work well at every location, and for some homeowners the initial cost will not fit with their current budget plans regardless of future savings. However, we want to dispel any myth that geothermal systems aren’t worth installing just because of their price tag. At Davison Heating & Cooling, we’ve seen the long-term benefits of these systems in action. Here are the ways they pay back their initial cost:

  • Dependable heating no matter the outdoor temperature: Before even considering what a geothermal system will save you in efficiency, you need to know that—unlike standard air-source heat pumps—a geothermal system will never struggle to provide you with sufficient heat. Even in the extreme colds of a Michigan winter, the temperature down in the earth remains consistent, so the geothermal heat pump can always deliver the temperature you need to stay warm.
  • Incredible energy efficiency: The stability of the temperature below ground makes geothermal systems extremely energy-efficient. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that this efficient performance will save you enough money for the system to pay back its installation costs within 5–10 years.
  • Longevity: The payback period will sound even better when you know that geothermal systems have long lifespans. The indoor heat pump section (the less expensive part) can last 25+ years, and the underground coils 50+ years. That’s many years of energy savings that will let the heat pump earn back three times its installation cost.
  • You’ll help the planet: This is a less tangible benefit, but an important one nonetheless. With almost zero emissions, geothermal systems do not contribute to ozone depletion or global warming. Investing in a geothermal heat pump is investing in our planet’s future.

We hope this helps you see geothermal heating and cooling in a new light. If it’s convinced you to investigate installing a geothermal system, contact Davison Heating & Cooling today to schedule an appointment for professional heating installation in Waterford, MI. We can help determine if geothermal will work for your home and property, and we can supply the work and skill needed for a great installation that will save you money for many years to come.