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Buying And Installing A Geothermal System: 4 Key Considerations

Buying And Installing A Geothermal System: 4 Key ConsiderationsA geothermal heat pump can keep your home warm during the snowy Colorado winter and cool in the summer, while saving money on your energy bills in both seasons. However, not all geothermal heat systems are created equally. Before installing you geothermal system, you should be aware of these four key considerations. Certifications: The system you purchase should be AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute) certified. This nonprofit organization rates heating and cooling equipment, and doesn’t certify substandard equipment.Warranties: When deciding who will be installing your geothermal system, find out if they offer a performance guarantee on the installed system, rather than just the heat pump. The longer the warranty, the better, since that indicates confidence in the system’s performance and longevity.

Sizes: Before installing your geothermal system, a trusted HVAC technician should help you choose the right size for your home’s heating and cooling loads. Choosing a system that’s too big will waste energy and money, and a system that’s too small will struggle to heat and cool your home.

Contractors: You will want to find a contractor who has the experience and knowledge to select the proper design of your system’s ground loop and set up the system to heat your water as well. A good contractor will also inspect your home to make sure it is properly insulated and that your ductwork is compatible before installing your geothermal system. He should be able to inform you about available incentives for a geothermal system, including the 30 percent federal tax credit.

Making the decision to upgrade to a geothermal system will not only decrease your energy costs but also reduce your environmental footprint. For more expert advice about geothermal heating and cooling for your home, please contact us at Climate Control Company. We have been serving western Colorado since 1956.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Aspen, Vail and the surrounding Western slope communities in Colorado about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about installing your geothermal system and other HVAC topics, please visit our website.     

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