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What is geothermal heating and cooling?

Geothermal heating and cooling is a method of keeping your home or office comfortably warm or cool by using the built-in temperature equilibrium of the earth as a reservoir. Geothermal systems incorporate an “earth loop,” or series of pipes that make an underground circuit, and an indoor compressor unit. Water is circulated through the earth loop and then back into your home or business, where the heat that the water absorbed out in the earth loop is picked up by a heat exchanger and compressed to a higher temperature, high enough to comfortably heat your home. In the summertime, the system works in reverse, gathering up hot air in your home and carrying it off to be left behind in the earth loop. By using this resource of stable temperatures right under our property, we can make it a lot more efficient to keep the house nice and comfortable all year round.

Why should I get an energy audit for my home?

An energy audit lets you know where your home leaks air, meaning where the air that you spent money to heat or cool is escaping into the environment. An energy audit can tell you where you should insulate your roof or walls, or where your windows are leaking. If your home was not built recently, it can most likely be made more efficient. An energy audit is a good starting point for your home efficiency improvements. In a new home, an energy audit can ensure that your home meets or exceeds energy codes.

Will radiant flooring work under carpeting?

Radiant flooring is a heating method in which hot water is piped through the subflooring of a room, letting the heat waft up through the flooring, furniture, air and people. It makes for a pleasant and comfortable room, especially if you have children who spend time playing on the floor. Radiant flooring works best with flooring materials that let the heat pass through, such as ceramic or stone tile.  

What is off-peak heating?

Electric rates are higher during the day than at night. Off-peak heating takes advantage of this fact by running heaters during lower-cost times of the day. Some utility companies no longer offer off-peak rates. We can help you determine whether they are still available in your area.

I’m building a new home. What’s the most efficient heating and cooling system I can get? 

Geothermal heating and cooling is the most efficient comfort system available. Because it uses the natural temperature equilibrium of the earth as a reservoir of heat during the winter and coolness during the summer, geothermal heating and cooling systems are able to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home or business while expending the least amount of energy. If you’re building a new home, you should also be sure it is properly sited to take as much advantage as possible of the benefits of passive solar heat, and well insulated to keep your efficiently generated warm or cool air inside the house.

Our central air conditioner is 15 years old. Is something more efficient available now?

Today’s air conditioners and heat pumps have SEER ratings up to 21 and 19 respectively. That means they are far more efficient even than products produced 15 years ago, plus they use refrigerants that are a lot more healthy for the environment. It’s probably time to start thinking about a more efficient replacement for your old unit.

The pool heater just died. What’s the best way to heat a swimming pool these days?

Heat pumps are a very effective and cost-efficient way to heat your swimming pool. Heat pumps work by taking heat from the air around them and putting it into the pool water. Even in Northeast Pennsylvania, where sometimes our summers are not so hot, heat pumps can be an effective way to make the pool nice and warm without breaking the bank on the electric bill.