A 7-Point Geothermal Installation Checklist For A Job Well Done
Geothermal heating and cooling systems provide one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home or pool. However, because it’s so different from conventional heating and cooling methods, some homeowner shy away from it. By understanding the seven-point geothermal installation process, you will gain greater appreciation for this outstandingly efficient way to keep your Florida home comfortable all year round.
- Cost-savings analysis: One of the most satisfying things about a new geothermal installation is recognizing how much money you’ll save. That’s why the first step is to calculate your savings so you understand how many years it will take for the geothermal system to pay for itself.
- Design, size and install the ground loop/heat exchanger: The designing and sizing portions are important to help the system achieve the greatest cost effectiveness. Then, the installation portion is the most involved point on the checklist, requiring land excavation and installation of underground parts.
- Determine the worth of ductwork changes and/or the addition of zoning controls: Because geothermal is a completely new system, your ductwork may need some modifications to remain cost effective. This could also be a great time to add zoning controls so you can manage the temperature in different areas of your home.
- Configure the system properly: Piping, manifolds and circulation pumps must all work together in a geothermal installation to achieve the greatest conductivity between the ground loop and the soil.
- Size the system: Like sizing a furnace or air conditioner, a geothermal system must be sized properly for ideal heating, cooling and humidity control.
- Prepare a document package: You get to keep this package of information so you have system specifications and configurations on hand.
- Post-geothermal installation inspection: The system is tested to ensure everything is running smoothly. If needed, adjustments are made at this time to optimize energy efficiency.
At the completion of the geothermal installation, you should be offered a warranty that ensures the contractor takes responsibility for the efficient function and overall performance of the newly installed system. For more information, contact us at Symbiont Service Corp. We serve residents of the Florida Suncoast.
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