Regular Maintenance Ensures Lasting Efficiency
Since your geothermal system is designed to run all year, maintenance is essential to optimal performance.
Here’s a handy checklist of things you can do to keep your system in the best possible condition.
- Clean or change your filter every month or every few months. Dirty filters, coils and fans reduce airflow through the system, which decreases its performance and can damage its compressor.
- Clean outdoor coils whenever they are dirty.
- Once in a while, you should also clean the fan—just turn the power off and remove any plant life or clutter from around the unit.
- Clean the supply and return registers in your home every so often.
We recommend that you have your unit maintained by a professional at Capital Heat once a year. During the check-up, we’ll change old filters in your heat pump and check your ductwork for any gaps or cracks. If needed, we’ll also adjust your unit and get it running at optimum capacity.
The best way to stay on top of regular maintenance is to enroll in a Capital Heat maintenance program. In addition to a number of valuable perks and savings, we’ll also remind you when your system is due for a check-up, so you don’t have to worry about it. We offer three different tiers of coverage—learn more about each option and choose the one that best suits your needs here.
Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling
If you’re considering installing a geothermal heating and cooling system, you probably know that they don’t burn fossil fuel—making them more efficient and therefore more cost-effective than traditional systems. But the benefits of these systems are much bigger than the savings on your monthly utility bill. Geothermal heating and cooling systems are of the few meaningful ways individuals can reduce their carbon footprint and fight climate change.
We consider this a pretty good argument, but we’ve outlined all the benefits that we can think of just in case you need some more convincing.
Environmental ImpactThe EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy recognize geothermal systems as the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool a home. Unlike other comfort systems, geothermal does not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gasses which contribute to air quality pollution and climate change.
Clean and SafeThere is no combustion in a geothermal heat pump, therefore there is no chance of carbon monoxide poisoning, making it a safer choice for you and your family.
Lower Operating CostGeothermal heating and cooling delivers a 400% efficiency rating. That means four units of energy are delivered for every one unit of electrical energy. A normal furnace has only a 94% efficiency rating.
Quiet and ReliableCompared to alternatives, geothermal units are quiet. They’re also very reliable, since they’re not subjected to wear and tear caused by snow, rain, ice or vandalism.
LongevityGeothermal systems are usually good for 15 plus years. In comparison, a typical furnace will last 10 to 13 years with regular maintenance. The ground loop of the geothermal system (the pipes buried in the yard) has a warranty of 50 years.
Positive Cash FlowGeothermal systems are a smart investment. They can produce energy savings that will exceed the cost of the system installation over a period of time.
Rebates & Savings
Invest in Efficiency for Less
Installing a geothermal heat pump doesn’t have to break the bank. There are a handful of ways to make financing a new system and making a valuable investment in your home easier on your wallet.
- Utility Rebates
- Long-term financing from Capital Heat
- Federal Tax Credits
New York State Incentives
NYS utility companies offer incentives to homeowners for choosing heat pumps and taking advantage of them is hassle-free.
Geothermal Savings Calculator
Interested in finding out how much you could save by switching to a geothermal heating and cooling system? Use this savings calculator to see the numbers. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.