Geothermal Heat Pumps Washington DC
Heat Pumps / AC
Heat Pumps / AC
Heating and Cooling accounts for about 35% - 45% of a home's energy cost. Consider a 'dual fuel' hybrid system with a gas furnace for very cold weather and a heat pump for mild weather. The technology has improved, and you now get very warm air with heat pumps vs. very hot air with furnaces.
You can save up to $200 a winter over a gas furnace alone. In mild winter climates, you don't need the back-up gas furnace and the savings is greater. Dual fuel works best if you are considering replacing your AC system or adding a zone for a home remodel, because the heat pump doubles as your AC by pushing warm air out and cold air in over the summer. Think of it as a reversible AC unit.
The ROI Calculation is based on a high-efficiency 2 ton heat pump with special thermostat that costs $1,000 more than a 2 ton AC-only system. The added heat pump cost is easily recouped, and you can choose between the heat pump and gas furnace given temperate and fluctuating costs of gas vs. electricity. Many electric companies offer discounts on the cost of kWh between October and March for homes that use heat pumps. You can also get the 30% Tax Credit on the materials and installation for an Air Source Heat Pump.
TAX CREDITSThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides you with a 30% Tax Credit for Air Source Heat Pumps that are put into service by the end of 2010. This tax credit item is only for existing homes, not new construction, that is your primary residence and it includes the cost of materials and installation. (3 KEY POINTS - #1: The tax credit cap is $1,500 on collective home improvement elements other than Geo-Thermal 'Ground Source' Heat Pumps, Solar Hot Water Heating, Solar Photovoltaic, and Fuel Cell systems - which each have no cap and are eligible through 2016. #2: The tax credits for exterior 'weatherization' improvements like windows, doors and insulation do not include the cost of installation! #3: If you reach the $1,500 cap in 2009, you are not eligible for additional tax credits in 2010.) Choose an Air Source Heat Pump that meets these criteria to get the tax credit and check products carefully, because in many cases an ENERGY STAR certification does not necessarily meet the tax credit requirements below:
Some Key DefinitionsA. Air-Source Heat Pump (ASHP): An air-source unitary heat pump model consists of one or more factory-made assemblies which normally include an indoor conditioning coil(s), compressor(s)...
Consider: Energy Star Heating Systems, Solar Heating, Oil and Gas Heating Furnaces, Electric Resistance Heating, Furnaces & Boilers, Furnace Filters, Wood & Pellet Heating, Heat Distribution Systems, Radiant Heating, In Floor Heating, Ceiling Fans, Under Floor Heating, Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers, Geothermal Heating, Heat Pump Options, and Garage Heaters.
High Efficiency Heat Pumps and Geothermal Systems are increasingly popular given the energy savings and out national interest in reducing our dependence on foreign oil. rHome heating costs have doubled over the past ten years, now representing 60% of the energy spent in Canadian homes. No one can predict how high fuel costs will go, however we can be certain of one thing - the costs will go up. It's anyone's guess which fuel might be the better bargain in ten or twenty years, so it's tough to shop for a heating system today without wondering if you've made the right decision. Although we can't tell you which choice to make, we can show you how the different fuels compare today.
Oil prices can be unpredictable; however fuel oil provides good energy content, with efficiency ratings up to 86% with modern equipment. If you decide to upgrade your furnace or boiler, you will also need to install a stainless steel liner in your chimney. Older oil burners can be fitted with a “flame retention head” to improve efficiency, and regular tune-ups will also go a long way toward lowering your fuel costs. Decorative oil-fired stoves and fireplaces are available for space heating, and will work without electricity. Oil-fired hot water tanks can heat water quickly and are often used for in-floor heating, as well as hybrid hot water forced-air systems. Don’t heat with oil if you feel guilty about burning non-renewable resources, or if you can’t afford unpredictable costs. A central system will require ductwork or water piping, as well as a fuel oil storage tank. Oil furnaces are priced lower than gas furnaces and enjoy on average, a longer lifespan.
Natural Gas and Propane
Gas and propane are cleaner than fuel oil and provide odourless heat with slightly lower energy content than oil. Gas prices are higher than they once were, and the cost of heating with propane is even higher. There is a greater availability of natural gas in more densely populated areas, whereas propane is more often the choice in rural locales where it is compressed and delivered by truck. Both gases are popular choices for fireplaces, space heaters and hot water tanks, are clean and more convenient than wood-burning fireplaces however, are about 25% less efficient than a gas furnace. If you’re considering one of these high-priced fuels, shop for an appliance that will provide the best return on your investment. Always compare installe...
Spend $30,000 now and SAVE $3,000 each year... ROI = 10%
The ground temperate is a constant that you can use to heat and cool your office. Over the summer the deep ground temperature is warmer than the air and into the summer it is cooler. The 'ground-source heat pump system' uses underground water from a 1,000-foot deep well and pumps, or uses lateral trenches and heat exchangers to move the water. The system uses no fossil fuels and provides comfort year-round, with zero CO2 emissions, for a fraction of the operating cost of conventional HVAC systems, and as heating, cooling and ventilation account for about 50% of an office's annual energy consumption, the savings are real.
Geothermal systems also have fewer moving parts than conventional systems, so they are more reliable, require less maintenance, and they last for decades. The ROI Calculation is based on saving $250 per month in heating and cooling bills. To also get a Tax Credit get a Geo-Thermal system with a minimum of EER 14.1 COP 3.3 closed loop, EER 16.2 COP 3.6 open loop, or EER 15 COP 3.5 direct expansion.