Frequently Asked Questions.
Please browse our FAQ’s below on our geothermal systems & services in NY and the surrounding areas.
Can one system provide both space heating and cooling for my home? And what about heating hot water?
Yes. A Ground Source Heat Pump can be a combination heating/cooling and hot water heating system. You can change from one mode to another with a simple flick on your indoor thermostat. Using a de-superheater, some GSHPs can save you up to 50% on your water-heating bill by preheating tank water.
How large of an area do I need for geothermal installation?
- For a Horizontal Loop System you need 50ft x150ft (1/6an Acre)
- A Vertical Loop System can be put in almost any yard. An area of 12ft on center is the minimum space needed to drill loops.
- For a Loop System to be put into a pond (body of water), the pond must be at ½ acre in circumference 8ft-10ft in depth.
- For an Open Loop System a home owner would need enough water to produce 2 gallons per minute per ton of the system.
How does the cost of heating with a geothermal system compare to other heating modes?
Geothermal systems cost less to operate than electric, electric heat pumps, oil, kerosene, natural and propane gas.
How much electricity do geothermal systems use?
Depending on the size of your system 4-5 Kilowatts per hour.
How much will geothermal reduce my heating and cooling cost?
Up to 70% depending on what system they are replacing. Propane and Oil Heat customers will see the greatest amount of savings.
What are the benefits of using geothermal energy?
First, it’s clean. Energy can be extracted without burning a fossil fuel such as coal, gas, or oil. Geothermal fields produce only about one-sixth of the carbon dioxide that a relatively clean natural-gas-fueled power plant produces, and very little if any, of the nitrous oxide or sulfur-bearing gases. Binary plants, which are closed cycle operations, release essentially no emissions.
- Geothermal energy is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Geothermal power plants have average availabilities of 90% or higher, compared to about 75% for coal plants.
- Geothermal power is homegrown, reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
Why is geothermal energy a renewable resource?
Because its source is the almost unlimited amount of heat generated by the Earth’s core. Even in geothermal areas dependent on a reservoir of hot water, the volume taken out can be re-injected, making it a sustainable energy source.
Our WNY renewable energy installation is your way of contributing to a greener environment for everyone. If you have additional questions that are not addressed below, please contact us by filling out our quick and easy contact form or calling us at (716) 834-0384.