Geothermal efficiency is most evident in cold weather
Weeks before the official start of the freezing season, Old Man Winter has gripped most of the nation with frigid temperatures and a heaping of snowfall. The January-like conditions have ballooned energy costs for many.
But for those benefitting from the consistency of a geothermal system, their indoor temperatures – and heating bills – have been as low as any other month of the year.
As cold weather begins to settle in for the foreseeable future, homeowners who decided against installing a geothermal unit when conditions were more suitable for doing so may be second-guessing that decision. Especially faced with utility bills that total several hundred dollars.
By using the constant temperature below the earth's surface, geothermal systems help trim energy costs because they doesn't need to work as hard to heat and cool the home. So the systems run more efficiently, generating a savings of up to 80 percent over existing heating and cooling system costs.
The ClimateMaster website features a calculator that enables people to compute the potential savings based on a variety of factors, including home size, location of the country in which it sits and current HVAC equipment in use.
Homeowners whose homes are outfitted with geothermal systems swear by them.
“We have geothermal. Every one around us in this neighborhood does not, and I know my neighbors wish they had it,” said one Oklahoma City, Okla., resident who installed the system a year ago. “It will take us 6.3 years to recoup the difference that we still have from the normal heat and air cost to the geothermal cost. After that, it’s all in our pocket. It just saves money."