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Geothermal Heating and Cooling – Is It Right for Your Home?

Geothermal Heating and Cooling – Is It Right for Your Home?

Heating and air conditioning rank among the biggest expenses for your home. So, whether you’re buying a new home, or looking to upgrade your present one, it’s helpful to learn about all the available options. Electrical, gas and even solar-powered HVAC systems are the most common, but have you considered the possibility of a geothermal unit?

What is it? How does it work?

The word geothermal is derived from the Greek words geo (earth) and therme (heat). Geothermal energy is power that is extracted from the earth’s internal heat.

A geothermal pump system consists of a heat pump, ductwork (an air delivery system), and a heat exchanger, which is a system of coils buried in the ground underneath your lawn. In winter, the heat pump pulls the heat from the heat exchanger and pumps it into the ductwork, thus heating your home. In the summer, this process is reversed, as the heat pump moves heat from the air indoors into the heat exchanger, thus cooling your home.

As a bonus, the heat removed from the air indoors in the summer can also be used to provide a free source of hot water. And because the top three metres of the Earth’s crust retain a constant temperature of 10° to 16°C, geothermal systems provide a continuous, sustainable source of renewable energy. Compare this to solar and wind power, which depend on variable seasonal, climatic and weather conditions.

How much does it cost?

Installation fees may initially appear to be expensive, compared to conventional furnace and air conditioning systems. Keep in mind, however, that geothermal ground loops can last up to 50 years, compared to conventional furnaces which need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years, and air conditioners, which fail every 10 to 15 years. Geothermal heating and cooling units require very little maintenance compared to conventional HVAC systems, which require frequent maintenance.

Remember that your heat source is the underground heat in your backyard, which comes to you at no cost. Compare this to what you would pay for gas or propane. Over time, your geothermal heating and cooling system will pay for itself and prove to be a major money saver. Plus, it will add value to your home’s equity. Check with your local government, as some rebates or tax credits may be available for geothermal retrofits.

But is a geothermal heating and cooling system right for me?

Geothermal systems may not be right for every situation. Before you decide, review the major pros and cons.

PROS

  • Long lifespan and little maintenance.
    Aesthetic value: no obtrusive HVAC equipment in your yard.
  • Quiet operation.
  • Renewable and environmentally friendly; reduces your carbon footprint and requires no fossil fuels.
  • Safety: doesn’t produce carbon monoxide as a by-product.
  • Effective in almost all climates and weather conditions (compared to solar panels and wind turbines which are subject to the vagaries of the weather).
  • Economical: Saves money in the long term and not subject to price fluctuations of fossil fuels.

CONS

  • Higher upfront installation fees vs. conventional systems.
  • Requires qualified designers and technicians for installation. Not for the do-it-yourselfer!
  • One size does NOT fit all. Geothermal units may not be suitable for homes with limited space for drilling.
  • Initial installation will disturb your landscaping.
  • Requires electricity to power the heat pump (consider using solar or wind energy to save on electricity).
  • Not carbon neutral, as it still requires electricity to function.


Will you harness the power that lies just beneath your feet? Now you’re ready to make an informed choice.

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4 Common Winter HVAC Problems

4 Common Winter HVAC Problems and How To Prevent Them

4 Common Winter HVAC Problems
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Are you having winter HVAC problems in your home or business? Winter is the last season you want to find yourself in when you’re having HVAC problems. Unfortunately, though, it’s an issue that can still happen. That’s why it’s always better to be prepared now and know how to handle or prevent the problem before it happens.

Next Day Home Services in Vancouver are a professional HVAC company that provides repairs, installations, and preventative maintenance service. They share some common winter problems and how to help avoid them:

1. Heat pump won’t turn on

Heat pumps work to provide cooling in the summer and heat in the winter. If you heat your home with a heat pump, the last thing you want in the middle of a cold night is to find out that your heat pump won’t turn on. Unfortunately, this is a common issue for any outdoor components of the pump. Wind and ice precipitation can cause the unit to freeze, or snow build-up can block the fans or coils.

The best way to avoid this from happening is to get a proper inspection done before the cold settles in. A maintenance check before winter will ensure that everything is in working order and ready to handle the cold.

If it does happen though, then make sure to clear away any debris from the unit. The issue is likely because of frost or snow build-up, which is causing the pump to fail. If this is the case, also take a look at the automatic defrost feature. If it’s not working, you’ll want to get it fixed quickly!

2. Uneven heating or no heating

Nobody wants to come home to a freezing house or wake up in the middle of the night with cold toes. Uneven heating from a furnace may either be a problem of drafts in and around doors and windows, or blocks in the ductwork. If this is the case, you’ll want to call for an inspection to get the block cleared and your house warm again. In the future, regular maintenance will help prevent this by helping catch the problem before it becomes one.

You will also want to check on the furnace filters regularly during the winter. With everyone tending to stay indoors with the doors and windows shut, it’s easier for any dust to build up. Keep those filters clear, and your house will stay warm.

3. Faulty thermostat

Is your thermostat showing the wrong temperature or just not working? This is actually a common problem for HVAC systems, but still not something you want to happen. Luckily, the solution is usually as easy as just replacing the batteries. However, if that or resetting the thermostat doesn’t work, it may be an issue with the wiring. If that is the case, you’ll need to reinstall a new one.

In addition to a maintenance check, another good way to prevent this is to ready your thermostat for the winter. If you notice issues then, at least you can fix it while it’s still warm out.

4. Pilot light problems

Gas furnaces are equipped with a pilot light, a small gas flame that works as the ignition for the burners. If the pilot light is having issues, such as not lighting or only barely having a flame, you’ll quickly notice the temperature drops. Luckily, the solution is usually related to the flame sensor. If it is dirty or damaged, the sensor won’t register the flame and the furnace won’t light.

Cleaning the sensor or replacing it, if need be, will quickly solve the problem and have your furnace back in working order. If you need to relight the pilot light, make sure you read this guide to know how to safely do so.

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