Geothermal is growing
While geothermal accounts for about 10 percent of the U.S. heating and cooling market, it's growing in popularity.
To help education consumers and the building industry about this form of renewable energy, Bosch Thermotechnology has launched National Geothermal Day on October 20, 2015.
The website, GeothermalDay.com, houses a wealth of information to educate homeowners, building professionals and young people about geothermal heating and cooling.
As energy prices have spiked over the past few years, geothermal awareness and acceptance has grown, assisted by a rebounding housing market and increasing consumer preference to reduce carbon dependence in one’s lifestyle.
Municipalities are mandating geothermal in both new government buildings and new construction, but in many states geothermal remains to be recognized as a renewable form of energy, eligible for tax credits.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of the stable temperature (range of 40-75 degrees F) underground using a piping system, commonly referred to as a "loop." The water circulates in the loop to exchange heat between the earth and the home using a ground-source heat pump.
The industry has also been historically restricted by higher up front costs to install the underground loop heat exchange element, but new solutions to the upfront cost challenge are now emerging.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), geothermal ground-source heat pumps are one of the most energy efficient, environmentally clean and cost-effective space conditioning systems available.
Geothermal systems’ operating costs are 30% to 60% lower in most cases than conventional HVAC systems.
In addition to eliminating direct burning of fossil fuel and providing clean and quiet heating and cooling, geothermal systems can also supplement or provide much of the heat needed for domestic hot water, hot tubs and swimming pools, saving even more energy.
They provide comfortable and quiet heat and cooling and, because no elements of the system are exposed to outside weather conditions, are extremely resilient and typically enjoy a long operational life, improving their payback.
Learn more at GeothermalDay.com.
Topics: Geothermal Heating & Cooling