How Do I Work Out Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Knoxville Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopYou might well ask someone who still hasn’t gotten the word about geothermal heating and cooling if they’ve been living underground for, oh, say, the last half century. Of course, that person would surely miss the irony of your question, since the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

Nowadays, though, most Knoxville homeowners know at least something about the rewards of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are mulling one over, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their present system or as the system they install in that new home they’re constructing.

Contemplating going geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are seductive:

  • Replacing your conventional HVAC system with a geothermal one could help you cut your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are amazingly energy efficient. That, plus the fact that they work with the environment, not against it, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems around.
  • With the options geothermal systems give you – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, to begin with – you can better insure that the system you choose is the most efficient and effective for your Knoxville home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are made for generations of trustworthy performance. The fact that they have fewer parts, need less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be located indoors, out of the weather, certainly helps.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be put in any time of the year. The weather and the temperature are no hindrance, and no extra fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Only a teeny, tiny bit of your yard need be taken up by a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is necessary is inconspicuous; your home and landscaping will lose none of the “curb appeal” you work hard to maintain.
  • Finally, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming ever more feasible from a cost perspective – even in the (one would hope) temporary absence of federal tax credits and rebates. Advances in system design and manufacturing processes as well as increased competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
Nevertheless, as pleasing as all this might be, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a major investment. Whether or not it’s the best investment for you depends not only on your bank account but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the current ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you proceed with replacing or retrofitting your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, consult with the professionals at Smith and Associates Geothermal. We can help you make the best choice – and deliver the best geothermal heating and cooling solution for your Knoxville home.