Jake Rabe
Jake Rabe grew up around the family business, Rabe Hardware Inc., where he began learning about home mechanical services at an early age. He joined the Marine Corp and served as an F-18 fighter jet mechanic during the Gulf War. In 1994, Jake and his wife became owners of Rabe Hardware and have since developed the business into Iowa’s leader in the geothermal industry. Jake has more than 17 years experience and has done more than 1,500 geothermal installations. www

Farmers can get more out of their fields

Farmers can get more out of their fields

Farmers today have many challenges to face but here in Eastern Iowa the farmers are concerned about the cost of rising fossil fuels and consequently the higher operating cost to heat their farm residence and buildings. What many farmers may...

Geothermal heat pumps – 2013’s green product of the year

Geothermal heat pumps – 2013’s green product of the year

Today, there are many so called "green" products on the market but I venture to say that no "green" product can make as large of an environmental impact as a geothermal heat pump. The United States gets 84% of its...

How does geothermal compare?

How does geothermal compare?

Geothermal heat pump systems can hold their own when compared to other traditional heating methods. In fact, they're an extremely competitive choice for a market forced to deal with rising energy costs and resource depletion because they are renewable and the most efficient heating and cooling system available today.

All about geothermal loops

All about geothermal loops

The heart of a geothermal system is the in-ground loop field. The loop field is a system of underground polyethylene pipes that are a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer.

The impact geothermal has on the environment

The impact geothermal has on the environment

Did you know that you are standing on one of the most environmentally friendly resources for home heating and cooling? It's true! The earth acts like a solar collector by storing heat in the ground. This heat can then be harnessed and used to heat and cool virtually any home or building. The U.S.

Choose your geothermal contractor wisely

Choose your geothermal contractor wisely

As geothermal heating and cooling systems have gained in popularity, so have the number of contractors. And with so many "experienced", "green", "experts" to choose from; it's no wonder many people don't know how to recognize the qualities of a superior contractor — or the warning signs that can lead to regret.

5 geothermal misconceptions

5 geothermal misconceptions

As with most misunderstood technologies, a barrage of myths and misconceptions exist. Unfortunately, geothermal is not immune. While these types of systems certainly have their limitations, the same is true about any type of heating and cooling system you could install in your home.

5 most common geothermal questions

5 most common geothermal questions

With 17 years in the geothermal industry and over 15,000 geothermal installations, we've received many questions from our customers. We believe that providing accurate answers to these questions gives our customers the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their heating and cooling needs.

6 advantages of geothermal

6 advantages of geothermal

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are quickly becoming the top choice for homeowners and businesses everywhere because the many benefits these high efficiency systems provide. Thousands of geothermal purchasers have chosen to enjoy the following advantages over a conventional furnace...

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