Was Your Geothermal Heating And Cooling Unit Properly Installed?
Have you ever wondered, was your geothermal heating and cooling unit properly installed? It’s something that is normal for you to ask because you’re taking the word of the installer that everything is going along well and that the unit is properly installed. There is no reason not to believe the installer, but at Symbiont Service we know that our customers like that we go “above and beyond” when it comes to installation and sharing educational information with them throughout the process.
Why is geothermal beneficial for homeowners and commerical property owners/operators?
A geothermal heating and cooling system is one of the most energy efficient ways to heat and cool a home and swimming pool. It is vastly different from conventional units and that leads to many questions from customers weighing the cost vs benefit of the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system.
When you understand the process of a geothermal installation you have a better appreciation of why geothermal is an efficient and effective way to keep your Florida home or business comfortable — whether you’re heating or cooling — year-round.
Was Your Geothermal Heating And
Cooling Unit Properly Installed?
When we pay a site visit and talk with the owner of the buildling that may be upgrading the heating and cooling unit to geothermal, here are some of the checklist items we cover with them.
We provide a cost-savings analysis. We know that the investment in a geothermal unit is a larger one than you’d make with a traditional heating and cooling unit and that you want to know what your return on investment will be. We will calculate the savings you will reap and you will be able to see — in black and white — what your potential utility bills will be and we will let you know how long it will take for the unit to pay for itself. It’s an eye-opening discussion for many.
A discussion on the ductwork and potential changes will be had. When you install a geothermal unit it’s a brand new system — it’s not retrofitting your current system to support geothermal — and that means your current ductwork will require modifications in order to remain cost effective and to allow the new system to operate at peak efficiency. During this process, you may opt for zone controls for heating and cooling in the home or office space; this allows you to only heat or cool rooms you’re using, rather than heating and cooling the entire building (that’s not energy efficient).
We will design and discuss the sizing proportions of the ground loop and heat exchanging unit. The sizing and design are what help your geothermal unit achieve the most cost effective operation. The installation portion of your geothermal unit will require excavation of the land into which the unit will be housed as well as the laying and installation of the other underground pieces of the unit.
The new geothermal heating and cooling system need to be properly configured. The system includes the circulation pumps, manifolds and the pipes and they must all fit together and work together to help with the conductivity of the ground loop and the soil from which the unit draws its heating and cooling.
Bigger isn’t always better and this means the geothermal professionals from Symbiont Service will size the system to your unique home or building size. For ideal heating, cooling and humidity control (a must in Florida) the geothermal system has to be sized for the square footage it will be heating and cooling.
We will leave you with the documentation we’ve discussed. We know that when you’re speaking with a geothermal installation professional you have a lot of questions and we give you a lot of information. You can’t possibly remember it all so we leave you with a package of information that gives you the specifics and unique configuration for your system.
Once the unit is installed, we perform a post-geothermal installtion inspection. We don’t just install the geothermal heating and cooling unit and walk away. We stand behind our installation and our products and that means we will inspect it and perform any necessary adjustments. The goal is to optimize the unit’s energy efficiency and to save you money in operating costs — always.
Ask for warranty information. You need to know what your warranty on the both the geothermal unit is and the workmanship performed by the installer’s company. The contractor and his company need to take responsibility for the overall performance and efficiency of the geothermal unit and that will be part of the warranty paperwrok you should receive. Look at the warranty paperwork for the unit and its components and ask us any questions you have on the wording of any of the info it.
For information on the installation of a geothermal unit for your home or business contact us at Symbiont Service Corp. We serve residents of the Florida Suncoast.
We educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For information about geothermal installation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.