With all things “green” being hot topics, geothermal is being talked about more and more, but what is it exactly? Geothermal heating and cooling simply takes advantage of the constant temperature of the subterranean. Below ground temperatures range from 45 to 70 degrees depending on where you live. So, the underground is warmer than the air above in winter and cooler than the air in summer. Geothermal systems use the temperature of the earth as an exchange medium instead of the air. The result is great energy efficiencies and progressive homeowners are looking at geothermal more and more. Click on this link to learn more from the US Department of Energy.
You can also earn a significant tax credit for installing a geothermal heat pump. The Energy Star site has information regarding tax credits for all types energy efficient upgrades.
TMS Architects has extensive experience working with geothermal heating systems. We would love to incorporate this energy efficient system into the design of your new home.