Fearing those winter heating bills again? Besides new windows, there’s another way to reduce your energy costs.
One of the most exciting developments in the home improvement industry is the introduction of residential geo-thermal heating/cooling systems. Free heating and cooling might be hard for a lot of large home and cottage owners to ignore.
I don’t believe they can beat the value of new windows, such as picture windows, patio doors, or even a new sunroom. To be able to visually breathe in your home and see your property is priceless – too important for your mental health.
Geo-thermal heating systems however are becoming affordable and you might recover your investment within 10 years. Homeowners are commenting that they love the “set it and forget it” ease of geo-thermal systems. After you review some of your heating bills (including hot water) and think about the cost of heating your home or cottage with gas or propane, a geothermal installation might look irresistible.
There are professional system installers in Stouffville, Markham, and Richmond Hill serving the York/Durham region. Our region has a much higher income population with bigger houses and geo-thermal systems begin to make sense for them.
These systems use piping filled with water and ethanol placed 10 feet down in your property. Yes, they dig up the ground. There’s actually a fair amount of heat available 10 feet down, but it’s not infinite. The installation has to be done professionally, or you might not draw/distribute enough heat to make it comfortable. There are vertical or horizontal systems available.
An electric heat exchanger system helps take the heat out of the liquid in the pipes and distributes it into the home.
It’s the same procedure for air conditioning where the system is reversed to take heat out of the house.
Compelling Advantages for a Geo-thermal System
- Free heat from the ground
- Free air-conditioning
- Low cost to operate electrical heat exchange system
- No fossil fuel pollution
- Using monthly payments it may be the same cost as a conventional gas/propane heating A/C system
- Could provide 50% of your water heating needs
Having a geo-thermal heating system in your home/cottage doesn’t mean you can leave the doors and windows open. These systems can only draw/remove a certain amount of heat, so if your home isn’t energy efficient, you’ll need to install a super big system. That costs more.
Check out more about Geothermal heating systems at http://www.questgeothermal.ca/
Are you losing money right out of your windows? A draft in your home doesn’t always mean you have holes in your windows. It could mean cool air is flowing directly off your cold glass windows. Cold inside panes may mean your windows need to be replaced.
Did you know eco-friendly homes have a 9% higher resale price? Energy efficiency is high on everybody’s mind. Electricity rates are expected to continue their relentless rise and natural gas is not going to get cheap.
What’s nice about geothermal systems, is that heating a solarium or sunroom in cold winter days is improved. That’s not to say solariums and sunrooms aren’t energy efficient. The glass systems we use are amazing. The warmth and beauty of these rooms is an especially nice feature for a modern home.