Lancaster Brothers are the experts in the Kansas City area for installing geothermal systems. We have installed geothermal systems for over 13 years, so we have installed hundreds of these systems over that time. Lancaster Brothers Heating and Cooling is proud to install and maintain WaterFurnace systems, the #1 manufacturer of geothermal systems nationwide. Geothermal heating and cooling is gaining in popularity as homeowners realize the incredible energy savings. In addition, the average life span of a geothermal system is 24 years, versus 13 years for a traditional heat pump system. If you are interested in installing a geothermal system, call Lancaster Brothers and we will come to your home and give you an estimate. Today’s geothermal systems can be installed in most homes, both in new construction and residential replacement.
Geothermal Energy Reduces Energy Bills and Qualifies for Tax Credits for Kansas City Homes
Compared to conventional methods of heating and cooling, Geothermal Comfort Systems are more expensive initially, but when viewing the return on investment statistics, these systems save owners money. After 5-7 years, the units usually pay for themselves in lower monthly bills. The average household savings is $129 a month, as much as 70%. The total energy consumption can be reduced as much as 44%. In addition, the government is currently offering a 30% tax credit incentive for geothermal installations. This tax credit applies to both new construction and replacements of existing heating and cooling systems. There is also no upper limit to the amount of the tax credit, so you can receive a credit of 30% of the entire geothermal installation.
Types of Geothermal Systems
Closed-loop geothermal systems circulate liquid through a “loop system” of small-diameter, underground pipes. Closed-loop systems can be installed horizontally, vertically or in a pond. Open-loop systems use an existing water well or surface water. In either type, heat is transferred to or from your home to provide year-round comfort no matter the outdoor temperature. Most geothermal installations in the Kansas City area use a vertical, closed loop system, where we drill deep into the ground to install the geothermal piping.
When a larger amount of land is available, horizontal loops are ideal. With this layout, pipes are placed in trenches that range in length from 100 to 400 feet.
These systems are ideal when you don’t have a large yard for laying pipes horizontally. Well drilling equipment is used to bore small-diameter holes from 100 to 400 feet deep in which the pipe is laid vertically.
Pond (Lake) Loops
When a large body of water is available, pond or lake loop systems are very economical to install. The bottom of a pond or lake has a very stable temperature much like the earth. Coils of pipe are simply placed on the bottom of the pond or lake to capture this geothermal energy.
Open loops (Well-Water Systems)
These open loop systems use groundwater from a well as an energy source. These systems can be the most economical type of geothermal system.
Geothermal is the Most Environmentally Friendly Heating & Cooling System
These units tap into the renewable energy in the Earth’s surface to heat and cool your home or business. Using energy created by nature saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint. The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that these systems are the most environmentally friendly option for heating and cooling your home or business. Approved by the U.S. Department of Energy and EnergyStar rated, geothermal systems are the future of heating and cooling systems.
Geothermal Systems Are Low Maintenance & Have a Long Lifespan in Kansas City Area Homes
Along with energy efficiency and lower monthly costs, Geothermal Comfort Systems have other benefits. The indoor components are easily accessible, user friendly and last on average 24 years. The units also last longer than conventional installations. They contain fewer moving parts, are constructed of more durable components, and are housed in a more protected enclosure. This means less maintenance on your system. The indoor components typically last 25+ years, while the outdoor components, including the ground loop, tend to last 50+ years. This all adds up to short and long term savings for home and business owners.