Open Loop System
Closed Loop System
- How long will my geothermal system last?
- If I live in a town and have a small lot, can I still have geothermal installed?
- Is it wasting water to use an Open loop geothermal system?
- Are there any financial incentives if I install a Geothermal system?
- What will my payback be by investing in a Geothermal system?
- How much money will I save by installing Geothermal?
- Does an Open loop system cause environmental damage?
- Do I need permits for Geothermal installation?
- How do I determine what type of loops are needed for my home?
- What types of loops are available?
- How does Geothermal work?
How long will my geothermal system last?
The loops of a closed loop system are guaranteed 75 years. The well pipe, supply pipe, and dump pipe that we use for open loop systems is 200 lb. coil plastic, the strongest on the market, and if installed properly should last a lifetime. Geothermal heat pumps are warranted 10 years for major components (compressor, TXV, heat exchanger) but the average life expectancy is 27 to 34 years without major repair which averages about $1,000 or less.Back to Index
If I live in a town and have a small lot, can I still have geothermal installed?
Yes! As long as there is access for a well drilling rig to get onto your property you can still have geothermal installed. Also, you will have to screen and filter the slurry and waste water from drilling. The waste water will then have to be drained into the borough’s storm water system, so you will have to contact the proper authorities for any approvals that may be needed.Back to Index
Is it wasting water to use an Open loop geothermal system?
NO! Actually, you are not really using the water in an open loop system. You are just using the temperature of the water and then returning the water back into the ground. Open loop geothermal systems can be the most efficient of all geothermal installations.Back to Index
Are there any financial incentives if I install a Geothermal system?
2017 Renewable Energy Tax Credits
Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the renewable energy tax credits for fuel cells, small wind turbines, and geothermal heat pumps now feature a gradual step down in the credit value, the same as those for solar energy systems. Many Electric companies or local governments may also offer incentive programs.
- 30% for systems placed in service by 12/31/2019
- 26% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2019 and before 01/01/2021
- 22% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2020 and before 01/01/2022
Expires: December 31, 2021
For more information regarding the 2017 Renewable Energy Tax Credit:
What will my payback be by investing in a Geothermal system?
The average payback of a typical system is five to nine years for a total payback. If you happen to live in an area served by Adams Electric Cooperative, then you could save twice as much. To find out how, Contact me.Back to Index
How much money will I save by installing Geothermal?
If you use fossil fuel and change to geothermal, you can reduce your heating costs by four to five times below what you pay now. In the cooling mode, geothermal has a higher efficiency than any other system on the market.Back to Index
Does an Open loop system cause environmental damage?
NO! They are pollution free. The heat pump merely removes heat from or adds heat to the water. No pollutants are added whatsoever. The only change in the water returned to the environment is a slight increase or decrease in temperature.Back to Index
Do I need permits for Geothermal installation?
In some municipalities, all or parts of the installation may be subject to local ordinances, codes, covenants or licensing requirements. Check with local authorities to determine if there are any restrictions or if any permiting is required.Back to Index
How do I determine what type of loops are needed for my home?
That depends on land availability and terrain. Closed loops are trenched horizontally in yards if the yard is large enough, or the loops can be installed vertically using a drill rig, similar to a water well installation. Open loops discharge the water into a stream, river, lake, pond, ditch or drainage tile. Or, water can be discharged into a return well. A return well is a second well bore that returns the water to the ground aquifer.
As your geothermal installer, we will work closely with you to determine the proper type of loop to use for your home.Back to Index
What types of loops are available?
There are two main types: Open and Closed
OPEN LOOP uses groundwater from a conventional well as a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer. The groundwater is pumped through the heat pump where heat is extracted (in winter) or rejected (in summer), then the water is disposed of in an appropriate manner. Since groundwater is a relatively constant temperature year-round, it is an excellent heat source/heat sink.
CLOSED LOOP uses a continuous loop of special buried plastic pipe as a heat exchanger. The pipe is connected to the indoor heat pump to form a sealed, underground loop through which water or an anti-freeze solution (depending on where you live) is circulated. A closed loop system recirculates its heat transferring solution in pressurized pipe.Back to Index
How does Geothermal work?
Geothermal is transferred energy. The sun heats the earth to a constant temperature year-round. That constant temperature is transferred into the home via water that is drawn from a well, or loops in the ground.Back to Index