Summer is coming, and with it the summertime heat. For many, this is the least appealing part of the season as that heat can make you hot, sweaty, and all around miserable. Because of this, the standard answer to beat the summer heat is to crank up the air conditioning. The problem is, as you turn the dial up, your electric bill also gets dialed up, and in some instances can almost double your energy costs.
Fortunately, there is a way that you can keep your home cool that is friendly to both your wallet and the environment, by using geothermal cooling.
How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?
Most people are familiar with geothermal heating, and the name itself implies heat. Here, the heating system in your home is drawing in radiant heat from the ground and uses it to heat the water for you home. This hot water is then piped through heating systems and radiators which allows you to keep your home warm all winter at a significantly lower cost. When it comes to cooling your home, the process is the same, only reversed.
Instead of the system drawing in heat from the ground, it instead pulls the heat from your home, transferring it into the underground loop or directing it to your hot water heater. That’s right, you get to take a hot shower by keeping your house cool in the summer. Because this system is using little to no energy (in many cases it actually produces energy) your energy bills drop.
It’s not Just for Summer
The beautiful thing about installing a geothermal system is that it doesn’t just help to keep your house cool during the grueling summer heat. The system used to cool your home by extracting radiant heat from the air in your house is also the very same system that is used to heat your home up in the winter. Not only does it help to keep your home warm, but it can also be combined with a radiant heating system for hardwood or tile floors. If you were ever looking for a practical luxury to build into your home, just imagine having warm tile floors on a cold winer morning.
Managing the Expense
Most people tend to think of a geothermal system as being wildly expensive, but the important thing to keep in mind is that it ends up pay for itself. Overtime, the amount of money you save on both your summer cooling and your winter heating will help to pay for the system itself. If that wasn’t enough, having a geothermal system in place will also help to increase the resale value of your home, should you decide to move. Not only is it a system that will help you do your part to protect the environment, but it also serves to help protect your wallet.
Whether you’re building a new home, or remodeling an existing one, consider installing a geothermal heating and cooling system. You can feel good knowing you’ve done the world some good, while you’re luxuriating in the relaxing cool of natural air conditioning.