Experts in Geothermal Heating Systems for Cincinnati Families
Have you been looking for a way to make your Cincinnati home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly? Trading your traditional HVAC system for a geothermal heating and cooling system is a great way to do this! Once you have a geothermal system installed, you’ll notice a significant drop in your monthly energy bills due to your geothermal heat pump’s high efficiency operation.
We know that this technology is new to many homeowners, and you might have a few questions (or a lot!). Arronco Comfort Air has been providing top-quality geothermal systems to Cincy homeowners for over three decades, and we’ll use that knowledge and experience to walk you through every step of the installation or replacement process!
If you’re ready to get started or just want to learn more about geothermal heating and cooling systems, give us a call at 513-474-7555!
The Geothermal Tax Credit has been EXTENDED. It will be retroactive to January 1, 2017, so homeowners who bought a system last year are eligible for the 30% credit. Credits have been extended to December 31, 2021. They’ll remain at 30% until December 31, 2019, at which point they’ll begin a phase-out. For 2020, the credit will move to 26% and in 2021 the final incentive will be 22%.
How Does a Geothermal System Work?
Energy-conscious homeowners explore options to help them reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. By doing so, they are often able to save on utility costs at the same time. Geothermal systems use the earth’s temperature and the circulation of water to spread heat or cool air rather than relying on air outside the home. By using the earth’s natural heat, the amount of energy that is required is drastically reduced. Additionally, because geothermal systems tap into the temperatures that occur several feet below the surface, there is less fluctuation with these temperatures than with surface temperatures that change by the season. Geothermal systems pump water through loops in the ground to transfer heat to or from the earth.
Want more information about how a geothermal system can work at your Cincinnati home? Contact us today!
Geothermal Heat Pumps vs. Traditional Heat Pumps
Geothermal systems heat and cool in a similar manner as using a traditional heating pump. Heat pumps are able to heat the home during the winter and cool it during the summer. They also utilize an antifreeze solution that circulates through underground piping in order to spread the thermal energy. This energy is ultimately connected to an indoor air handler and air ducts that are installed throughout the home in order to provide heating and cooling to your home.
Though a geothermal unit functions similarly to a traditional heat pump, geothermal systems are far more efficient. This is because geothermal heating and cooling systems use the stable temperature of the earth rather than the constantly fluctuating temperature of outside air.
Benefits of Installing a Geothermal Heating System in Cincinnati
The EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy recognize geothermal systems as the most environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and cost-effective way to heat and cool a home. Some benefits of installing a geothermal system for your Cincinnati home include:
- Geothermal heat pumps do not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other greenhouse gasses that contribute to air pollution.
- The EPA estimates geothermal heat pumps can reduce energy consumption up to 44% compared with traditional heat pumps and up to 72% compared to standard electric heating and cooling equipment. Saving energy means saving money!
- Because geothermal systems do not burn significant amounts of fuel (gas, oil, propane, coal), they operate at a lower cost and are much cleaner.
- The Cincinnati area is rich in limestone—which is an efficient heat storage and transfer material—so it’s even more efficient to use geothermal heating and cooling here than in many other places!
Ready to have a geothermal system installed in your Cincinnati home? Contact Arronco today!
Types of Geothermal Loops
Arronco installs both closed and open loop geothermal systems in Cincinnati. Closed-loop systems circulate a water-based solution through a “loop system “ of small-diameter, high-density polyethylene underground pipes. Closed-loop systems can be installed horizontally, vertically, or in a pond. Open-loop geothermal systems use an existing water well or surface water. Whether the system is open or closed, heat is transferred to or from the structure, regardless of outdoor temperature, to provide year-round comfort to your Cincinnati home.
Vertical Closed Loops
The ideal choice for a geothermal heat pump when available land surface is limited. Well drilling equipment is used to bore approximately 5.5” diameter holes from 150 to 300 feet deep. 2 to 6 holes that are approximately 10-12’ apart are drilled for the average residential geothermal loop system. With this system we are able to put an average residential loop in a 12×12 area making geothermal an option in even very small yards. The abundant limestone in the majority of Cincinnati gives us a huge advantage for installing vertical loops—limestone makes for easy, affordable drilling and has great heat transfer properties. With this advantage, we are able to install vertical loops at much less cost than in many other areas of the country. The vertical closed loop is utilized in about 85% of our installations.
Horizontal loops are often used when adequate land surface is available. Depending on geothermal system needs and space available, pipes are placed in trenches that range in length from 100 to 400 feet.
Pond (Lake) Loops
Pond or lake loops are economical to install when a large body of water is available for use by the geothermal heating system. Coils of pipe are simply placed on the bottom of the pond or lake to capture the geothermal energy. Ponds as small as 1/4 acre can be utilized for pond loops as long as we have 8’ or more of water depth part of the pond.
Open Loops (Well-Water Systems)
In ideal conditions, an open-loop application can be the most economical type of geothermal system for Cincinnati homeowners. These use groundwater from a well as a direct energy source. We will need a water source capable of producing a minimum of 10 gallons per minute of clean water in order to utilize this type of system.
Why Do I Need an Expert to Install My Cincinnati Geothermal System?
Geothermal heating and cooling systems require extensive knowledge to properly size, select, and install for the best combination of comfort and cost. Arronco Comfort Air has been installing geothermal systems since 1986 and has thousands of systems operating in the Cincinnati area. We are the leader in sales of WaterFurnace geothermal systems and therefore have fully trained installers with the highest experience. Arronco is proud to be the Cincinnati-area leader in the total number of residential geothermal installations and experience with geothermal in the markets we serve! In addition to being #1 in local markets, we are in the top 10 on a national level! Why would you go anywhere else for geothermal heat pump services?
Top Geothermal Heating & Cooling Company in Cincinnati
Our experienced sales staff can review your existing system, discuss your comfort needs, and design the best, most efficient system for your home or business. Our installation technicians will install the outside system and make any changes necessary to the inside system. Our long history of installing geothermal systems in Cincinnati means there won’t be any surprises during installation.
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