There is one significant difference between installing a geothermal system and a traditional heating and cooling system: digging.
It will require quite a bit of digging, to be honest. But after your dealer or landscaper repairs your yard with sod or turf, you’ll never know the digging took place. You can also take advantage of the installation for additional yard improvements – the cost of any landscaping done, along with geothermal installation, qualifies for the 30% Federal Tax Credit.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of the stable temperature underground using a piping system, commonly referred to as a “loop.” Depending on the type of loop system used, there are a few installation options.
The most common is a horizontal loop system, which requires a large trench 3-6 feet deep near your home. This does require a small crew and earth-moving equipment. If space is limited, a 150-400 foot deep vertical loop can be installed with a drill rig, much like a water well installation.
If you happen to have a pond or lake on your property (8-10 feet deep), a coiled loop system can be installed. This is the easiest and quickest installation option. Or if there is a suitable well, an open loop system can be used.
Once the loops are installed, the rest of a geothermal heating and cooling system installation is the same as any conventional central heating and air conditioning system. The geothermal heat pump(s) can be installed inside and/or outside of your house – in an attic, garage or utility closet. We can even retrofit the pump into an old outdoor A/C compressor space. The pump is then connected to your home’s ductwork. In most cases, the geothermal system can be attached to pre-existing ductwork with little or no modifications.
Then, of course, there is the simple installation of the state-of-the-art thermostat and starting up your new ClimateMaster system. All said and done, the entire system installation, loops and all, usually takes just a few days. The energy savings begin immediately.