The general consensus about geothermal energy pumps, is nearly overwhelmingly positive. They represent the most energy-efficient and environmentally clean heating and cooling systems available. The US Department of Energy said that heat pumps can save a typical home hundreds of dollars each year, and pay itself off in around 8-12 years. Since 2008 tax credits have been available for Energy Star systems that can reduce this payback period. Geothermal systems can be especially useful in rural areas, where propane or electricity would normally be used for heating and cooling, but heat pumps are considerably less expensive. Geothermal energy is very up and coming, with great potential as a long-term sustainable energy system.
There are some downsides to geothermal heat pumps. The most considerable of which is cost. Although heat pumps have a relatively short payback period, and long-term savings, heat pumps are more expensive at installation than a typical heating and cooling system. Additionally, they are possibly not the best option for existing structures, because installation requires digging up the areas surrounding the building. Due to its relative ‘newness’ as an energy source, many heating and cooling installers may not be familiar with the technology.
- Ashley’s Opinion :
- In my opinion, assuming the technology is available to you in your area, geothermal heat pumps seem like the best option for anyone’s heating and cooling system. Environmentally, the systems are so efficient and so quickly return any initial investment, that cost would be a moot point. In the building of a new home, one would just add the additional expense of the geothermal heating system to their mortgage, and in the grand scheme would make the expense nearly negligible. However, if I were living in an old home, I would not go out of my way to replace my heating system with a geothermal one, the digging would be extensive and have higher upfront cost.
- Wanessa’s Opinion :
- For me, heat pumps are one great idea that is good for the environment and for your pocket. People may think that because it cost a lot of money to install, it is not good. However, the money that you invested in heats pumps will be back in your pocket in a few years. It was proved that heat pumps are really efficient, and even though you have an old house I believe that would be good to install heat pumps,at least, I would. Heat pumps are the future, and the future is already here.
- Emily’s Opinion :
- Although installing a geothermal heat pump is expensive (generally ranging from $10,000 to $30,000), the benefits outway its cost. The geothermal heat pump has a much lower operating cost than other systems and will use clean and renewable energy! Another benefit is it is quiet and the geothermal energy pump can last about fifty years. In my opinion the geothermal heat pump will pay for itself and save you money.
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- “How Geothermal Energy Works.” Union of Concerned Scientists. 22 Dec. 2014. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.
- “Geothermal Heat Pumps.” Geothermal Heat Pumps. US Department of Energy. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.