Alton Geothermal Heating
Choose a Reliable, Eco-Friendly Heating Option
Whether you’re seeking energy savings or looking for ways to make your home more “green,” American Air Heating & Cooling can help. We are proud to be able to install and service geothermal heat pumps for our customers. This proven technology allows homeowners to heat and cool their homes efficiently using a renewable, readily accessible resource: the earth’s heat.
Call (618) 243-7591 to learn more about our Alton geothermal heating options.
How Geothermal Heating Works
Like air conditioners and refrigerators, geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) rely on circulating fluid that absorbs and releases heat. The advantage of a GHP is the accessibility of the heat source. In most locations, the ground has a year-round temperature of 55 degrees just a few yards below the surface.
GHPs have two main components: the heat pump and the ground loops. Ground loops are a system of tubes that are buried underground or placed in a body of water. The fluid inside absorbs heat, which is transferred to your home through the heat pump. Ground loops can be buried horizontally or vertically. Heat pumps are typically installed in a basement or utility closet.
GHPs come with a long list of benefits, including:
Energy efficiency—extracts three units of heat for every unit of electricity used
Reduces electricity demand and lowers carbon emissions
Provides heat in the winter, cooling in the summer
26% federal tax credit available on equipment and installation costs
Can provide supplementary water heating
Long lifespan compared to other heating methods
Can be installed in new homes or retrofitted
Usually no outdoor compressor, freeing up space in your yard
Quieter than most other HVAC systems
Parts are made in the US and installation supports local jobs
Though installation of a geothermal heat pump (GHP) is more expensive than a typical furnace, according to the US Department of Energy, GHPs can be 65% more efficient than traditional furnaces. Homeowners make up the installation cost in energy savings within 10 years, and then have years of savings to come over the lifespan of the unit.
The heat pump itself lasts about 25 years, as opposed to a furnace’s maximum lifespan of about 20 years, and ground loops can last up to 50 years. This makes geothermal heating a good long-term investment for your home.
GHPs make sense for many homeowners, but the size of your plot, your soil, and the ground or surface water on your land may mean certain styles of ground loop will work better for you.
A Reliable Alton Geothermal Heating Service
If you would like to install geothermal heating on your property, trust the HVAC experts who have served Alton, Wood River, and Bethalto for years. The friendly, professional technicians at American Air Heating & Cooling have the experience needed to install geothermal systems correctly. We’re happy to consult with you about the options that will suit your home and property, and we look forward to working with you to install one of our durable, energy-efficient systems. Call today to learn more!
Call (618) 243-7591 to speak to American Air Heating & Cooling about home geothermal heating.