Geothermal AC systems are still some of the best options when you are looking for an energy-efficient HVAC solution for your home. Before you have a geothermal loop installed and the old AC replaced, there are several things that you will want to consider, such as the location and design of the heat-exchange loop and where the geothermal energy will be used to improve the efficiency of mechanical systems in your home. The following tips will help you choose the right geothermal design when replacing an old AC with more efficient technology.
1. Deciding If Geothermal AC Is the Right Choice for Your Air Conditioner Replacement Project
Geothermal heat exchangers may not be the right choice for every AC replacement project. Therefore, you will want to evaluate your home to determine if geothermal AC is right for you. The main thing that you will want to consider is if there is enough room for the geothermal loop or if a vertical loop can be drilled. You will also want to consider the cost of the installation and if it fits in your AC replacement budget.
2. Choosing the Type of Geothermal Loop That Will Be Used for Your HVAC Heat Exchanger
There are several types of geothermal heat exchange loops that can be installed for your AC. The first and most common of these is a buried system, which will require enough space in your landscaping to bury the lines. If you do not have a lot of space, there are also options to drill for vertical loops. If you have a body of water like a pond or lakefront property, loops can also be installed deep at the bottom of the water to provide your AC with the geothermal heat exchange system it needs.
3. Using Geothermal Heat Exchange to Provide More Energy to All the Mechanical Systems for a More Efficient Home Design
While your geothermal system is mainly used to provide energy for the cooling and heating needs of your home, it can also be used by other systems. For residential applications, water heaters typically use it, and they can be provided with water from the geothermal heat loop to reduce the amount of energy that is needed to provide your home with hot water.
4. Choosing Other Upgrades and Renewable Energy to Add to Your Geothermal HVAC Installation
In addition to the geothermal heat exchange loop, there may be other upgrades that you want to do when replacing the AC. These upgrades can include things like updating the ductwork and thermostats of your HVAC system. You can also add renewable energy with things like solar water heaters for heating, solar panels to power HVAC components, or wind turbines that help provide energy to your home's mechanical systems.
These tips will help you choose the right geothermal HVAC design to replace an old and inefficient air conditioner. If you are ready to replace your old system, contact an air conditioning service and talk to them about some of the options for installing a geothermal HVAC system in your home.