Geothermal in Amarillo is an outstanding way to condition your home because this climate can be so variable. Summers are predictably hot and long, while winter temperatures can drop well below freezing. A geothermal heat pump doesn’t deal with outside temperatures, but instead, harvests the energy underground as the source and depository for heat.
Heat pumps work by moving heat instead of creating it. The temperatures underground are remarkably stable, so in the cooling mode, a geothermal heat pump (GHP) doesn’t have to cool the refrigerant when temperatures are in the 90s or higher. In the winter, it’s not warming the refrigerant when temperatures are below freezing, making it much more energy efficient than other kinds of HVAC equipment.
These systems use an underground loop field that harvests or deposits heat to keep your home comfortable. The inside unit provides the heat transfer and distributes the conditioned air throughout the ductwork.
Specific benefits of geothermal in Amarillo include:
- Energy bills. A GHP could reduce your energy bills by as much as 50 percent in either the heating or cooling mode.
- Durability. The GHP’s underground loop field can last 50 years and more, while the indoor components may reach 25 years as long as they’re professionally maintained annually.
- Quiet. The GHP dispenses with that large, noisy outdoor condenser and the fan inside the indoor components runs quietly.
- Tax credits. The federal government is offering a tax credit in the amount of 30 percent of the cost of the purchase of a qualifying GHP, including installation. This credit expires December 31, 2016.
- Flexibility. If the GHP is equipped with a desuperheater, it can use the waste heat from your home to heat water, cutting summer energy bills even more. It can also heat water for a hot tub and swimming pool.
To investigate using geothermal in Amarillo more fully, contact Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve provided HVAC services to the Amarillo area for more than 50 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about geothermal and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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