Are you considering replacing your conventional heating and cooling system? Heat pumps aren’t typically designed to be efficient in our climate in the Mid-Atlantic, where we regularly see temperatures below 20 degrees. At this point, your heat pump is either blowing air that is lukewarm or is spinning the electric meter like a top. Add to that the inefficiency in a heat pump’s defrost cycle and the benefit of lower installation costs are soon forgotten when the family is cold and the electric bill is still high.
Maybe you should consider an oil or gas furnace. Fossil fueled furnaces certainly give you warm heat, but what they make up for in temperature they lack in balance. Most furnaces are severely oversized, putting out so much heat quickly that the temperature rises quickly and then falls up and down and the cycle continues. This creates large temperature swings in the house. Because you’re burning fossil fuels it’s important that the system is regularly checked for leaks or cracks in the heat exchanger which can cause serious health concerns in the home. Finally, large fluctuations in fuel prices can become unpredictable and expensive.
Are there any better options? Geothermal heating and cooling systems use the consistent temperatures on the earth in your backyard to keep you warm and cozy in the winter and cool and comfortable in the summer. With the constant temperature of the earth (approx. 55-57 degrees), it becomes very efficient to raise the temperature to a comfortable level in the house. Geothermal systems regularly save customers as much as 60-70% on heating, cooling and hot water costs. With no burning of fossil fuels, there’s no need for venting or flew pipes. In the summer, all the air conditioning is done from one centrally located unit inside the house keeping the equipment out of the weather and outdoor temperatures. Upfront costs can be higher with a geothermal system, but once you look at the true cost of ownership, you’ll see a geothermal system is a terrific financial investment.
Ground Loop also has several financing options to best suit your needs. Whether it’s a 12 month same as cash, or more traditional financing, Ground Loop has the options for you. We serve clients throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Harford County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Cecil County, Carroll County, Montgomery County, PG County, Kent County, and Queen Anne’s County.