What Is Geothermal Energy?
Geothermal energy is the heat from the earth. It can be found almost anywhere, including Chesterfield, Missouri.
Geothermal heating capitalizes on the fact that temperatures in the Earth remain fairly constant when digging just a few feet below the surface. Whether you live somewhere where temperatures fluctuate or somewhere with a more constant temperature, the temperature below the surface stays relatively the same.
The upper part of the earth’s crust, roughly the first ten feet of ground, can maintain a temperature between about 50°F and 60°F. Geothermal heat pumps can use this energy to heat and cool buildings while using less energy than a typical HVAC system.
Geothermal heat pumps do not burn fossil fuels; instead they simply transfer heat from the earth to your home and back out. Because these pumps harness the earth’s available energy, they can save you anywhere from 30 to 70 percent on your bill over the next five to ten years.
Say it’s 5°F one night during the winter, and you have your thermostat set for a cozy 72°F in your home. It takes a lot less energy to reach your desired temperature if the starting point is 55°F using a geothermal heat pump.
How Does Geothermal Work?
Geothermal HVAC systems use a series of equipment and piping to transfer the earth’s energy to and from your house. A heat pump exchanger is the series of pipes called the “loop.” This loop of pipes is buried in the ground either vertically or horizontally, depending on the geography of the region. A fluid (usually water mixed with environmentally friendly antifreeze) is circulated through the pipes to absorb and dispel the heat from the ground. This heat is then extracted by the heat pump unit and delivered in or out of your living spaces using conventional ductwork air delivery systems.
Don’t Let The Name Fool You!
Geothermal heat pumps can heat and cool a building. They can even be equipped to provide hot water.
Will It Work In My Building?
Geothermal heat pumps are flexible and can be installed in new construction retrofitted to work with existing systems.
Geothermal Is Environmentally Friendly!
Geothermal systems require very little maintenance and are environmentally conscious. These systems use the least amount of electricity, reduce air and water pollution, and produce the fewest emissions. They are safe for the environment as well as your home. They also provide the most stable comfort level, with more efficient humidity control and less noise.
Geothermal Heat Pump Installation
At Chesterfield Service, we are the premier provider of geothermal system installation across the midwest. We have installed far more systems than any of our closest competitors.
Here are a few factors that must be taken into consideration before your system’s installation:
Thick but flexible piping is used in geothermal installations, which are crafted from high-quality, high-density polyethylene. All below-grade connections must be made by heat fusing to ensure a strong and long-lasting connection without any threads. After installation, piping is pressure tested before backfilling. Once connected to the indoor geothermal unit the loop is flushed to remove debris and air. Chesterfield Service uses only the highest-quality materials.
At Chesterfield Service, we use multi-speed geothermal equipment so that a system can be sized to handle both your heating and your cooling needs. For example, a typical home in Missouri needs more heating than it does the cooling. In this case, we can install a multi-speed geothermal system which will run on high speed during the winter for heating, and then drop to a lower speed in the summer for your cooling.
This allows for maximum efficiency in the winter, but also allows for proper humidity control in the summer. We incorporate detailed information about your Chesterfield, Missouri home, as well as our extensive experience, to recommend the ideal type of unit and loops for your home.
Correct Loop System
The specific loop type that you will require depends on several factors involving your Chesterfield property. Our team will work closely with you to design and install a system that will work best for your needs as well as the requirements of your land.
Qualified Geothermal Installer
When it comes to the replacement of your geothermal HVAC system, you will need to carefully consider the company that you work with on this vital task. At Chesterfield Service, we will work closely with you to determine the ideal system for your needs and we provide flexible financing options to help you complete your purchase. We’ll even handle any necessary rebate paperwork to ensure that your system is as affordable as possible.
Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau lets you know we are a business that values honesty and integrity. We are IGSHPA-certified and a member of the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium (GHPC), so you can trust our expertise, experience, and commitment to quality.
Think of our planet surface as an enormous sponge that constantly absorbs the heat and energy from the sun. The earth stores this solar energy just below the surface, in the ground under our feet and our backyards.
Geothermal HVAC systems use this energy source to power your entire Chesterfield, Missouri home or business heating and cooling system. A loop—or series of pipes—carries a fluid that is used to connect the system’s heat pump to the earth and harness the energy contained within.
At Chesterfield Service,our team specializes in the installation of geothermal systems along with traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. For over 30 years, our family business has proudly served homes and businesses throughout the state of Missouri!
Why Choose Geothermal for Your New Home?
In the past, geothermal systems were only available to the more expensive homes—those days are gone! Today, most of our clients roll the installation costs into their mortgage. This means you spread the high installation cost over 30 years! This makes the perfect heating and cooling system so affordable that tens of thousands of homes are being built or retrofitted to take advantage of geothermal energy.
Compared to other HVAC systems, geothermal systems don’t compromise. They save money, keep you comfortable when temperatures rise or fall, last longer, and provide a healthier home all at the same time.
Let’s look at an example!Lower Energy Costs
Because Tim is using a local bank to do a 30-year fixed mortgage, that means the $19,000 for the heat pump, or the $40,000 for the geothermal system, will be spread out over 360 payments. From his estimated $2,500 monthly mortgage payment, $85 of it goes to pay for his heat pump. Adding the propane backup would raise the payment an additional $30 a month.
If he chooses a geothermal system, it would raise the total loan by $26,000 ($40,000 minus the $14,000 already included in the payment for the heat pump) which will raise the payment by $120 per month. At the same time, the geothermal will save him $125 per month on energy costs over the heat pump.
What does this mean?
1. Heat Pump by itself: Total Utility Cost - $350 per month
2. Heat Pump with propane backup: Total Utility Cost - $400 per month
3. Geothermal—additional $120 per month Total Utility Cost - $225 per month
(Plus an additional $14,000 back over the next year in grants and credits)
Tim realizes it will cost him less money to install the geothermal per month than even the cheapest heat pump system! Tim will save $125 on energy costs and his mortgage payment goes up to $120. It is $5 a month less expensive to install the geothermal than his heat pump. Then, on top of that, he will get an extra $14,000 back.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), geothermal systems save homeowners as much as 50 percent on their cooling costs and up to 70 percent on their heating costs when compared to conventional systems. The indoor equipment of your geothermal system is rated to last 20 to 25 years, while the loop piping will last over 100 years.
New Construction Heating and Cooling Options
When you're building a new home, you have lots of options for heating and cooling. A heat pump, an oil or gas furnace with AC, mini splits, or geothermal. All of these options have advantages and disadvantages depending on how you look at them.
Heat Pump systems have very low installation costs, but most people agree unless you run auxiliary electric heat on high they do not provide comfortable heating. Oil and gas furnaces heat very well, but the prices of fossil fuels are very volatile and change dramatically due to production levels in Russia, China, and the Middle East. These fuels are also a finite resource which means over time will become less available and more costly.
Mini splits, on the other hand, are quite comfortable and very quiet. They also require no ducting. On new construction, the downside to mini splits is they require an indoor fan head for almost every room in the house. Mini splits are recommended more for single-room additions, or lofts, where one indoor unit can supply air to a large area and work in conjunction with another source of heating and cooling.
Geothermal Systems Are Good Investments
Whether you are interested in cost savings, environmental friendliness, or comfort, geothermal systems simply make sense. Geothermal systems often pay for themselves in less than five years while also making your home more comfortable, economical, and quiet.
Whether you are in the market for a new air conditioner or furnace, you can trust our team at Chesterfield Service to offer the best solutions for your Chesterfield, Missouri home or business.
Geothermal Systems Are Environmentally Friendly
Because geothermal heat pumps transfer heat rather than generating it by burning fuel, they are far more efficient and earth-friendly than other HVAC solutions. The EPA has found that properly installed geothermal energy systems produce far less environmental harm than any other existing conditioning technology.
Many geothermal heat pump manufacturers also use electronically-controlled, multi-speed motors on their duct system fans, further improving efficiency. All of these factors combine to create a heating and cooling solution that will significantly reduce your energy consumption.
Our professionals at Chesterfield Service will help choose the best system for your Chesterfield, MO home and business, helping to ensure you get the most value from your investment.
Learn More About Geothermal Systems
Your next energy source lies just beneath the surface of our planet! Chesterfield Service is one of the most established providers of geothermal systems in the entire country. Homes and businesses in Chesterfield, MO , will save money and enjoy increased comfort with a geothermal system. Call 636-200-3631 or request service online today to learn more about geothermal.