Q: Will my existing ductwork function with this system?
A: Yes, in most cases. Your dealer or installer will be able to determine
ductwork requirements and if any minor modifications are needed.
Q: Will an underground loop affect my lawn or landscape?
A: No. Research has shown that loops have no adverse effects on grass,
trees, or shrubs. Most horizontal installations require trenches about
six inches wide. Temporary bare areas can be restored with grass seed
or sod. Vertical loops require little space and do not damage lawns
Q: My yard contains many shade trees. Will this affect
ground temperature and my ability to use it as an energy source?
A: Not at all. The system is installed deep enough that it utilizes
constant ground temperature.
Q: Can a GSHP system be added to my fossil fuel furnace?
A: Yes. Called dual systems, they can easily be added to existing
furnaces for those wishing to have a dual-fuel heating system. Dual-fuel
systems use the GSHP system as the main heating source, and a fossil
fuel furnace as a supplement in extremely cold weather should additional
heat be needed.
Q: Will I have to add insulation to my home if I install
one of these systems?
A: Ground source heat pump systems will reduce your heating and cooling
costs regardless of how well your home is insulated. However, insulating
and weatherizing are key factors in gaining the maximum amount of
savings from any type of heating and cooling system.
Cost Background information:
the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly heating, cooling,
and water heating system available. It is quiet and fumeless. It does
not require rooftop or pad mounted outdoor condensers and needs very
little maintenance when compared to fossil fuel technology.
A ground-source heating and cooling system can be installed in new
construction or retrofitted to an existing installation. It can be
configured for forced air or radiant floor heat, or a combination
Heating bills are instantly reduced by over 60% when a ground-source
heat pump system replaces an old oil or gas furnace.
In hot weather
the ground-source heat pump system delivers central air conditioning,
without any additional equipment purchase.
difference in the cost between the fossil fuel heating/central air
and ground-source is completely paid off within the first three to
household in our area burns over 1000 gallons of heating oil per season,
20% of which is wasted on poor burning efficiency while constantly
adding indoor and outdoor pollution.
In contrast, a ground-source system moves low-grade heat that exists
year round accumulated in the ground or water everywhere. In the coldest
winter the low-grade heat just below the frost line is constant, free,
and abundant. A heat pump’s refrigerant cycle increases it’s
temperature to a warm and comfortable 130F interior level. The ground-source
heat pump system uses only 1kWh of electrical energy to bring 4 kWh
of high-grade heat into the heating space. The coeficient of performance
is 3 -7 compared to 80% efficiency of fossil fuel burners.
And finally, the electricity that runs the ground-source system can
be purchased directly from wind producers. That completely eliminates
the need for fossil fuel heating and in the same time stimulates the
growth of new domestic renewable energy sources.
Residential incentive programs available from Central Hudson Energy
Group ($800 per installation) and home improvement loan interest buydown
program by NYSERDA ( up to $20,000 borrowed with interest rate reduction
by 4%) make ground-source installations even more economically attractive.
of acceptance of ground source technology is growing in the Hudson
Valley. Besides dozens of heat pump systems installed annually in
residential locations, there is an even stronger growth trend in the
number of larger commercial installations. In the last two years ground
source systems were installed at Bard College dorms, Richard B. Fisher
Center for the Performing Arts (Architect Frank Gehry), Vassar College
dorms, Dutches Community college, Sullivan Community college, Rosendale
Recreational Center, Mohonk Visitor’s Center.
The list of interested institutions and homeowners deciding to use
ground source heating and cooling technology continues to grow. The
trend proves that ground source technology is finally coming to the
mainstream as the most economical, efficient, reliable and environmentally
friendly technology available today.
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