Before we discuss the pros and cons of geothermal systems, you may be asking yourself, “What is geothermal heating, and what does it do?” Geothermal heating is a system of heating homes or commercial buildings that uses heat from the earth, or sometimes groundwater. Like any other heating system, geothermal systems have advantages and disadvantages.
Pros of Geothermal Heating Systems
Geothermal systems use renewable energy. This is a huge advantage because you are not using up valuable, limited resources and electricity. Another pro of installing a geothermal heating system is that it can extract more than double the amount of heat that a traditional electric system can. So not only is it more energy efficient, but your system also won’t be working as hard to heat up your desired space. When it comes to reliability, geothermal systems cannot be beat. These systems are often warranted for up to 50 years and can last beyond 200 years. As far as safety is concerned, having a geothermal heating system eliminates the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning,
Cons of Geothermal Heating Systems
The biggest drawback that keeps Americans from installing geothermal systems is their upfront cost. Due to the underground piping required to run the system, pipe leaks or breaks are often difficult and expensive to find.
While the biggest disadvantage of geothermal systems is the upfront cost, there are many grants and/or tax advantages to consider helping offset the price tag of your system. At Ryals Brothers Inc., we consider our customers to be our family. If geothermal heating is something you are considering, we would love to help you get started on the process or answer any additional questions you have.