Is A Ground-Source Heat Pump Right For Your Needs?

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Paying heating costs from month to month is tricky. You never know if the weather will turn bad and drive your heating costs up. What if there was a way to pay once to install a piece of machinery that would allow you to never pay for heating or cooling again? What if your only costs would be to maintain and repair your system? Would the one-time cost be worth it to you? While a ground-source heat pump can come with a high initial cost, it can make life much easier for you afterward.

Why Use a Ground-Source Heat Pump?

An air-source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air and then pumps that heat into your home. A ground-source heat pump uses specially designed coils buried underground to extract heat from the ground and pump it into your house. As is the case with an air-source heat pump, a ground-source heat pump can also be used to cool your house. An air-source heat pump is much cheaper than a ground-source heat pump, so why should you buy extra for a ground-source heat pump? A ground-source heat pump can be up to 600% efficient which is double the efficiency of an air-source heat pump and six times the efficiency of a furnace. 

Eliminating Your Heating Costs

Six-hundred percent efficiency is impressive, and while it might help to reduce your costs, even the best efficiency won't eliminate your costs. A ground-source heat pump runs on electricity, which means if you install enough solar panels in your home to power your heat pump, you can eliminate the costs of operating your heat pump. While you might still have some costs when clouds don't allow your panels to get a full charge, your cost for operating your heat pump will be next to nothing.

While a heat pump can take a while to pay off, and adding solar panels will only increase your installation costs, you don't have to worry about paying to heat and cool your home on top of paying your financing costs. Once you pay off your furnace, you can really free up a lot of room in your budget. Because two of the biggest costs you have to contend with as a homeowner are the costs of heating and cooling your home, you stand to save a lot of money by installing a ground-source heat pump. As long as you can afford the installation costs, a heat pump might be the best choice for you. 

Once you've had your ground-source heat pump installed, make sure to stay on top of heating repairs in order to get maximum efficiency and cost savings out of it.

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