Written by Brad Crawford
Geothermal heat pumps may be the best way to condition homes in our climate. We have long, hot summers and periods throughout the winter that can be exceptionally cold. A geothermal system is capable of providing efficient conditioning for both extremes.
Instead of using the air to harvest or dispel heat, geothermal systems use underground resources, where temperatures are stable and moderate. So efficient are these systems that the federal government is offering a 30 percent tax credit for homeowners who install these systems before the end of 2016. This credit covers primary and secondary residences, although it does not extend to rental properties.
The primary reason the government is offering this credit is to help homeowners lower their energy consumption and offset the higher installation costs of these systems. Geothermal heat pumps use up to 60 percent less energy to run than air-source heat pumps, which is why the tax credit is so generous. A heat pump in our region is an efficient HVAC appliance, but when the pump can use stable underground resources rather than volatile air temperatures, this appliance offers even better energy savings.
Not only does a geothermal system provide excellent energy efficiency, it’s also a durable heat pump. The underground loop can last up to 50 years or more and the indoor air handler up to 25, with routine maintenance. Geothermal systems also do not have exterior condensers, which frees up yard space and eliminates the noise in your yard.
In order to qualify for the tax credit, the geothermal heat pump has to have earned the Energy Star designation. There is no upper limit on the amount that can be claimed for either the cost of the equipment or its installation. The tax credit may not cover adjustments to your ducts, however, unless the adjustments impact the overall energy efficiency of the system.
If you’d like to learn more about geothermal heat pumps, contact Crawford Services, Inc. We provide quality HVAC services for the metro Dallas area and can help you assess your home and yard for a geothermal system.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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