7 Geothermal Facts Every Florida Homeowner Should Know
If you’re looking into geothermal heating and cooling, you’ve probably come across a lot of information–and misinformation. We’ve put together seven important facts to help Florida homeowners navigate the waters and make the right decision.
- According to the EPA, geothermal heating and cooling, also called geoexchange or ground source, is the most environmentally-friendly residential heating and cooling method available. It creates no onsite emissions and fewer emissions overall than any other heating and cooling system.
- Geothermal heat pumps save more energy than the competition. For every 50,000 ground source systems in use in the U.S., the nation’s electricity consumption is lowered by about 400 million kilowatt hours. (The Department of Energy estimates that 50,000 ground source heat pumps are installed every year.)
- It generates more financial savings. Florida homeowners can save anywhere between 25 and 50 percent on their utility bills. In some cases, bills for a 2,000 square foot home can be lowered to $1 a day with a ground source system. Most geoexchanges can pay for themselves several times throughout their lifespan.
- Geoexchange reduces U.S. dependence on foreign oil. For every 50,000 homes with geoexchange, our foreign oil consumption reduces by roughly 1.1 million barrels a year.
- As of today, there are over 750,000 ground source heat pumps at work across the nation. Their impact is equivalent to taking 971,000 vehicles off the road, planting 289 million trees, or lowering the national reliance on foreign oil by over 16 million barrels a year.
- Consumer satisfaction is consistently higher with ground source systems. In repeated utility polls, over 95 percent of users would recommend geoexchange to friends or family.
- A geoexchange system can help control indoor humidity as well as controlling temperature. This can save even more money, as you can keep your thermostat set higher and may not have to invest in a dehumidifier.
Because geothermal systems work with the earth instead of exploiting it, they help preserve Florida’s irreplaceable environment. They also save us money, both as individual homeowners and as a nation. If you’d like more information about geoexchange, call Symbiont Services Corp. We’ll be happy to help.
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