Do Geothermal Heating Systems Help Save Energy in the Winter?
Heating systems come in all shapes and sizes here in New Castle. The type of heating system you choose might depend on your budget, as well as your desire to lower your utility bills and make your home more efficient. Out of all the heating systems available on the market today, geothermal heating is one of the best options for homeowners throughout New Castle, Oil City, and beyond.
Energy Savings with Geothermal Heating Systems
You might be wondering what makes geothermal heating and cooling so energy efficient. While traditional HVAC systems use electric for heating your home, geothermal primarily uses energy from the earth.
About six feet underground, the earth remains at a consistent temperature. That temperature depends where you are located geographically. However, part of the geothermal system is installed underground and takes advantage of this consistent temperature. The underground loop from the unit circulates fluid and absorbs stored heat. This natural heat from underground is distributed throughout your home.
In the summer, the opposite happens. The system is reversed and pulls heat from your home and sends it back into the ground.
This results in a tremendous energy savings since the unit uses very little electricity. You’ll find that geothermal heating is a cost-effective way to heat your home.
Other Ways to Save Energy During the Cold Months
While installing geothermal is great for energy savings, there are other ways you can chip away at your utility bills. Keep the following tips in mind for more energy savings:
- Turn down the heat while you’re sleeping or at work. Having your furnace run less for 8 hours a day can add up when it comes to saving energy.
- Add new weatherstripping around windows and doors. You can find self-adhesive weatherstripping at the home improvement store.
- Install a programmable thermostat if you’re still using a manual one.
- Keep curtains closed during nighttime and consider investing in blackout window treatments
- During the day, keep curtains open so natural sunlight can help naturally heat up your living area
Consider Installing a Geothermal System
A geothermal heating and cooling system is one of the best ways to increase the efficiency of your home. To learn about the cost of geothermal systems and more, contact Stewart Well Drilling today by calling 724-658-4488.