Why Geothermal Heating and Cooling Works for New Home Construction
When planning to build a new home, one of your major decisions is the heating and cooling system that will be installed. There are many different types of systems to choose from, and considerations such as budget, home comfort needs, energy efficiency and even environmental impact need to be factored in to your decision. For new home construction in the greater Houston area, a geothermal heating and cooling system can meet or exceed all your expectations by providing a low-cost, low-maintenance alternative to conventional HVAC systems.
For existing homes, there are higher upfront costs to install geothermal systems where existing landscape and hardscape must be removed or modified. It’s still an economical option, however, over the life of the system.
How Geothermal Units Work
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are made up of a loop field containing water-filled pipes installed in the ground either vertically or horizontally. These pipes contain liquid that absorbs heat and delivers it to the pump. About 10 feet underground, the earth’s temperature stays a fairly constant 54 degrees, which maintains the water temperature and allows the geothermal heat pump to heat or cool your home’s air without using the extreme high or low temperature outside air. Aside from the energy savings, this sustainable resource is virtually cost free, and with very few moving parts in the underground system, little maintenance is ever required.
The environmental benefits are staggering. It’s estimated that a standard household geothermal system uses one pound less energy per hour than conventional fossil fuel units, lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions significantly.
To find out if a geothermal heating and cooling system might be right for your new home, contact Davis Air Conditioning & Heating. Since 1971, we’ve served the heating and cooling needs of homeowners in and around Houston, Angleton, Fort Bend, Galveston, Sugar Lane and Brazoria, TX.