Why Geothermal?

Why GeothermalThe weather in Connecticut is typical of the New England climate: Don’t like the forecast for today, well check out the prediction for tomorrow! The average temperatures in the winter can be a blustery 28 degrees, but then skyrocket up into the 90s in July! But hidden below the surface of the Earth is a valuable source of renewable energy that allows your home to maintain an average temperature of whatever you want it to be! Because the Earth absorbs the warming rays of sunshine all year long, the temperature below ground stays consistent. The ability to tap into this source of consistent temperature is the basis for geothermal heat and cooling technology.

Benefits

  • Lowest Energy Consumption
  • Reduces CO2 Emissions
  • Highest Level of Reliability
  • Requires the Least Amount of Equipment
  • No Combustion
  • No Chimney or Venting Required
  • Quietest Operation
  • Outlasts Traditional Systems as much as 2 to 1
  • Lowest Maintenance Cost
  • Highest Comfort Level

The most comfortable and cost effective heating and cooling system money can buy!

How It Works

geothermalHeat

During those cold winter months, a geothermal system takes the heat from the Earth and distributes this heat to your home through a warm-air ductwork system. There are also applications available that distribute the heat through a radiant floor heating system. Hot water for all your household needs can also be produced through a geothermal system.

Cool

For those hot and humid summer months, a geothermal system reverses the process, sending the heat back to the Earth and returning cool, dry air to your home. The heat that is taken from your home can also be used to produce your home’s hot water supply.

Comparison To Traditional Systems

Heat Source

Units of Measure

Efficiencies

OIL

132,000 BTU/Gallon
$2.92 per Gallon
90% = Flame Conversion Efficiency
85% = Heat Exchanger and Stack Efficiency
93% = Electric Parasitic Efficiency
71% = TOTAL Efficiency
93,911 = BTU/Gallon Delivered for Heating
$31.09 = COST PER MILLION BTU

NATURAL GAS

100,000 BTU/CCF
$2.10 PER CCF
90% = Flame Conversion Efficiency
88% = Heat Exchanger and Stack Efficiency
95% = Electric Parasitic Efficiency
75% = TOTAL Efficiency
75,240 = BTU/CCF Delivered for Heating
$27.91 = COST PER MILLION BTU

PROPANE

95,000 BTU/CCF
$2.50 PER CCF
85% = Flame Conversion Efficiency
85% = Heat Exchanger and Stack Efficiency
95% = Electric Parasitic Efficiency
69% = TOTAL Efficiency
65,206 = BTU/Gallon Delivered for Heating
$38.34 = COST PER MILLION BTU

ELECTRIC

3,413 = BTU/kWh
$0.24 = per Kilo Watt (kW)
0.99% = Efficiency
$58.80 = COST PER MILLION BTU

GEOTHERMAL

3,413 = BTU/kWh
$0.24 = per Kilo Watt (kW)
4.2 = Coefficient of Performance
0.99% = Efficiency
65,206 = BTU/Gallon Delivered for Heating
$16.74 = COST PER MILLION BTU

So, What Does It Cost?

To replace a traditional Heating and Cooling System with an Energy Efficient Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in a 2,000 square foot home, consider the following economics:

Typical Installation Equipment and Supplies:

  • 3 ton Geothermal Heat Pump Unit
  • Auxiliary Heater
  • Flow Center Pump Station
  • Hot Water Storage Tank
  • Thermostat
  • Air Duct Connections
  • Piping
  • Electrical Wiring
Material Cost $12,500.00
Installation Labor $ 7,000.00
Geo Ground Loop $12,000.00
Heat Exchanger
TOTAL COST $31,500.00
Available Incentives:
  • Utility Company Geothermal Rebate
($1,500.00)
  • 30% Federal Tax Credit Incentive (expired 12/31/16)
($.00)
      TOTAL COST AFTER INCENTIVES $30,000.00
Average Cost of Traditional Replacement System $15,000.00
Net Additional Cost for Energy Efficient Geothermal Heating and Cooling System $15,000.00
Annual Estimated Energy Savings with an Energy Efficient Geothermal System ($1,400.00)
Return on Investment   —————————————————————————> 10.7 Years

On-The-Job Geothermal Pictures