There are some marked benefits to geothermal energy use when compared to traditional methods we’ve used to heat and cool our homes and businesses for generations.
With another Michigan winter not too far in the future, again, we’re reminded of the costs to heat our homes. That may involve heating sources such as
- Fuel Oil
- Natural Gas
- Electric heat
- Wood or wood pellets
Other heating forms could include coal or solar energy.
So, what makes geothermal energy such a desirable option? First, let’s take a quick look at what geothermal energy is.
What Is Geothermal Energy?
Geothermal energy involves tapping into the earth’s consistent temperature under the ground. Regardless of the outside climate, this below-ground temperature stays around 55 degrees all year long. This energy can be harnessed to keep you comfortable on the hottest days of summer, the coldest days of winter and every day in between.
That’s the simplified version. If you’d like to learn more about this process, feel free to visit our geothermal energy website. It’s a truly fascinating technology we’d enjoy discussing with you in person as well.
An Endless Supply of Energy
The first major benefit of geothermal energy is that it isn’t going to run low like many other heat sources will. Think of fuel oil and propane as examples. You only have so long before your tank gets used and you have to fill up again.
With geothermal energy, the power source is always present just waiting to be used. Things don’t ebb and flow when it comes to this energy form. It’s constant. As long as there’s a planet earth, you’ll have geothermal energy readily available.
Also, unlike solar power, you won’t be at the mercy of the weather. And as we all know, living along Lake Michigan means a lot of cloudy days, especially during those cold months!
Geothermal Energy is Cost Effective
Although there are some initial costs to install this type of heating system, you’ll experience significant savings over time. And since these systems last 25 to 50 plus years depending on your setup, the savings will revisit you year after year.
Another great benefit when it comes to cost is that you won’t be surprised by spiking oil prices or increased utility costs. It’s true that your geothermal pump will require some electricity. However, your overall electricity costs will be far less than having to pay for gas or fuel oil.
For overall savings, think 30 to 60 percent less on heating and 25 to 50 percent less on cooling costs. Over many years, that turns into a sizeable “chunk of change.”
Geothermal Energy is Versatile
The business owner of a large company and small homeowner can both greatly benefit from geothermal energy. Although the set-up may be different in these cases, the end result would be positive for either situation and all in between.
Plus, geothermal energy can be used for your hot water supply as well as for heating and cooling your home or business.
And as already discussed you don’t have to depend on so many different forms of energy for heating and cooling. The grand majority of your energy will come from geothermal energy regardless of the time of year.
Conveniently located in Hart, MI, Adam’s Heating and Cooling can assist you with any geothermal energy needs you may have. Consultations are free. You’re welcome to contact us if you’d like to learn more.