Just like traditional HVAC, the capacity requirements of your geothermal system depends on several factors. Use this geothermal cost calculator to estimate your savings, based on your home’s age, location, current type of heating and cooling, and more.
Do geothermal systems need maintenance?
Yes. While earth loops and geoexchange units are famous for their reliability and durability, a maintenance agreement will ensure that your system operates at peak efficiency for years to come. Stuart Pro offers a convenient maintenance agreement on all geothermal installations.
What are the benefits of geothermal energy?
Lower Operating Cost
A WaterFurnace geothermal system delivers an astounding five units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. By combining stored earth energy with safe electric power, many WaterFurnace owners realize savings up to 70% for heating, cooling, and hot water.
Our geothermal systems eliminate hot and cold spots to distribute comfortable air all year long. Experience warm air without the bursts of air associated with ordinary furnaces and heat pumps; and dehumidified air when cooling.
Unlike ordinary air conditioners or heat pumps, there is no noisy outdoor. WaterFurnace geothermal systems are designed and constructed for “whisper quiet” operation, similar to your refrigerator.
Unlike air conditioners and heat pumps, geothermal systems are installed indoors. Since they are not subject to wear and tear caused by rain, snow, ice, debris, extreme temperatures or vandalism these systems have proven to be very reliable and require less maintenance.
According to the Department of Energy and the EPA, geothermal systems are the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home. Our systems emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gasses, which are considered to be major contributors to environmental air pollution.
Can I replace my traditional HVAC system with geothermal heating and cooling?
Yes. WaterFurnace geothermal heat pumps and geothermal systems are great for replacement or retrofit applications. Most units are easy to install, particularly when they replace another forced-air system. Because there is no combustion, and thus no need to vent exhaust gases, a geothermal system can be installed in areas unsuitable for fossil fuel furnaces.
Ductwork must be installed in homes that don’t have an existing air distribution system. Geothermal technology is also for in-floor radiant heating, which heats the room by circulating hot water through pipes underneath the floor.
Can a geothermal system be installed in my new construction home?
Yes. The upfront costs for a new construction geothermal system are usually less, and the initial outlay can be included in the monthly mortgage payment. Plus, the build gives you the opportunity to make the house envelope as tight as possible.
The more insulation and better windows and doors a homeowner includes in the new home, the less capacity they will need for heating and cooling. Smaller capacity requires smaller equipment, and results in reduced energy investment and usage by the homeowner.
What equipment is included in a “geothermal system”?
All geothermal systems are made up of pipes to collect and circulate the energy, and units to transfer the energy.
There are three (3) types of closed loops and one (1) type of open loop that can be used to collect and circulate energy on your property. Horizontal Loops are placed in trenches that run parallel to the earth and range in length from 100–400 feet. Vertical Loops require small-diameter holes to be bored down into the earth 100–400 feet deep. Pond/Lake Loops use coils of pipe placed on the bottom of the pond or lake to capture the geothermal energy. Well-Water Systems (open loops) use groundwater from a well as a direct energy source.
Once earth loops have collected the energy, the units transfer it throughout your home in much the same way as a traditional furnace or heat pump. At Stuart Pro we install geothermal heat pumps for whole home comfort, as well as units for targeted applications like heating water, floors, and swimming pools, as well as air purification.
Who manufactures the geoexchange units installed by Stuart Pro?
Stuart Pro is proud to be a certified dealer of WaterFurnace products. Designed to be “Smarter from the Ground Up” these geothermal systems deliver cost-effective, energy-saving, eco-friendly home comfort.
Are there different types of geoexchange units?
Yes. There are three (3) types of geothermal heat pumps to consider:
Provides year round comfort by replacing traditional indoor furnace/outdoor air conditioning applications.
Split Geothermal Systems
Provides installation flexibility with the option of a remote air handler. Use it to provide comfort for a moderate-sized home, or individual zones like the second story on a large home. A geothermal split system can also be used in conjunction with a fossil fuel furnace to “turbocharges” the system with increased efficiency.
Hydronic Geothermal Systems
These units are designed for heating and cooling water in targeted applications such as radiant floor heating, domestic hot water, and snow/ice melting. The modular design and controls provide optimum capacity matching and staging.
What are the tax credits for switching to a geothermal system?
Due to the the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424), Georgia residents are eligible for a Federal tax credit of 30% of the system cost with no cap; as well as a State of Georgia tax credit of up to $2,000.
H.R. 1424 offers a one-time tax credit of 30% of the total investment for homeowners who install residential ground loop or ground water geothermal heat pumps. A credit of 10% of the total investment is also available (no maximum) for a commercial system installation.
To qualify, the systems must meet or exceed EnergyStar requirements and be installed December 31, 2016. Owners can file for the credit by completing the Renewable Energy Credits subsection on their tax return forms. For taxpayers that are subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax, they can claim the credit on their taxes for the following year. No proof of purchase will be required; however, in case of an audit, owners are encouraged to keep a detailed invoice of their purchase on file. The contractor who sold and installed the product should list the purchase as a “Geothermal Heat Pump” on the invoice and that it “Exceeds requirements of Energy Star program currently in effect”.
Consult your local tax professional for advice on taking advantage of the tax credit, as this announcement is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of any financial strategy.
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