Understanding the Advantages of Geothermal Energy

by February 1, 2014 • 3 comments
Understanding the Advantages of Geothermal Energy

There’s just no denying that the world’s dependence upon fossil fuels has not only driven up prices for it, but it’s also sparked some controversy among experts who claim that petroleum, oil, natural gas and even coal deposits will eventually dry up. As such, exploring the advantages of geothermal energy can be beneficial to everyone.

How it Works

In a nutshell, geothermal energy is nothing more than heat that is trapped below the surface of the Earth. There are several ways in which one can tap into this heat in order to provide heating and cooling inside of buildings, and these include tapping into hot springs like the one in the photo, drilling down into hot rock, or even simply taking advantage of the steady 50 to 60 degree temperatures found only 10 feet or so below the surface of the Earth in many locations. This source of energy is completely renewable and can lower dependence upon fossil fuels, thereby reducing carbon footprints and energy bills at the same time.

Saving Money

Consider this: most of the utility bills that people in Florida pay each and every year are high due to the sheer amount of electricity that it takes to run an air conditioner when it’s warm and humid outside. This electricity is likely generated by the burning of some sort of fossil fuel – namely coal – and as this resource continues to dwindle and environmental concerns are brought to light, it costs more. Geothermal energy can save consumers up to 80% since there is no need to use electricity in order to generate the cooled air; electricity is only used to run the blower that sends the cool air through the ducts.

Return on Investment

One of the main reasons why so many people are hesitant to install heat pumps (the mechanical parts necessary for utilizing geothermal energy in homes and businesses) because they are so expensive, there is something else to think about. In some cases, a heat pump can cost twice as much as a standard central air unit and this is difficult to think about, but consider the energy savings. A Florida consumer who spends $400 a month on cooling costs in the hot summer can reduce his or her bill to half that. Over the course of six months, this consumer has already saved $1200! Similarly, when it does get cool in Florida, these units are wonderful for providing warm, sustainable heat, too.

Benefits for the Economy

Finally, with traditional resources dwindling and environmentalists working hard to control the amount of carbon dioxide released into the jimypicatmosphere, it comes as no surprise that jobs are being created in the geothermal energy sector each and every day. The American government is even getting involved with helping to discover all of the benefits associated with using geothermal energy as opposed to the fossil fuels we’ve been so dependent upon over the last several decades.

If you have any questions about whether geothermal energy and heat pumps are right for your home or business, please do not hesitate to call us here at A Superior Air Conditioning. We are always ready to help you determine the most efficient and environmentally-friendly ways to keep your building comfortable in all seasons.

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1 Dick Mink February 6, 2014 at 9:39 am

It is worth noting: the federal tax credit is 30% of the installed cost of a new geo unit. Just installed a 4 ton unit and the tax credit was over $7000. That brings the price right in line with a 16 seer air cooled heat pump.


2 Jimy Thorpe February 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Mr. Mink I would like to thank you for your comment.


3 Nina Burton February 24, 2014 at 11:09 pm

We heat/cool with a geothermal unit in Canada. Our unit is also connected to our hot water tank and assists with heating of water. We have used this technology for the past 16 years with very few problems. Overall, it is a better air conditioner than furnace but, even so, heats our home in the cold Canadian winters so would be more than adequate in southern climes. Our house is very well insulated as well. I highly recommend geothermal technology.