How Do I Determine Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Portland, OR Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopYou might well ask someone who still hasn’t gotten the word about geothermal heating and cooling if they’ve been living underground for the last 50 years or so. Of course, that person would undoubtedly miss the irony of your question, since the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

At this point, though, most Portland, OR homeowners understand at least a bit about the benefits of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are mulling one over, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their current system or as the system they install in that new home they’re having built for them.

Considering switching to geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are seductive:

  • Swapping your old-fashioned HVAC system for a geothermal one could help you reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are amazingly energy efficient. That, in conjunction with the fact that they don’t fight the environment, but work with it, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems available today.
  • Given the options geothermal systems give you – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, first off – you can better assure that the system you choose is the most efficient and effective for your Portland, OR home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are designed, engineered, built, and installed for generations of dependable use. The fact that they have fewer parts, require less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be installed indoors, out of the weather, certainly helps.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be installed any time you want. The weather and the temperature are no obstruction, and no added fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Almost no yard space is needed for a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is required is discreet; your home and landscaping won’t be deprived of the “curb appeal” you work diligently to keep up.
  • Last, but not least, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming more and more wallet-friendly – even lacking, as we do at the moment, federal tax credits and rebates. Advances in system design and manufacturing processes as well as growing competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
Still, as inviting as all this is, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a significant investment. Whether or not it’s the ideal investment for you is dependent not only on your budget but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the existing ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you decide to replace or retrofit your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, talk with the specialists at Total Energy Concepts. We can help you make the ideal choice – and see that you get the optimal geothermal heating and cooling solution for your Portland, OR home.