Here in Idaho, we love the great outdoors and being good stewards of our environment. It’s part of our nature.
Installing a geothermal heat pump for all your heating and cooling needs is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of your Boise home or business while adding an extra layer of comfort.
A geothermal heat pump taps into the earth as a renewable energy source. Although air temperatures above ground vary from region to region, and with the seasons, temperatures 10 feet below ground are consistently between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly systems for heating and cooling buildings. While they are more expensive to install upfront compared to conventional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, they typically pay themselves off in 5 to 7 years through lower energy costs.
At Western Heating & Air Conditioning, we always strive to find solutions that are good for our clients and the environment. Our third-generation family-owned business has been proudly serving clients in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, and the entire Treasure Valley since 1967. We care about your comfort and your health.
How Geothermal Heat Pumps Work
The majority of geothermal systems in Idaho are closed-loop systems. The difference between an open-loop and closed-loop system is the use of groundwater.
An open-loop system connects directly to a groundwater source, like a pond or a well, and pumps the water to the heat pump for heating and cooling. This option only works where there is an adequate supply of relatively clean water, and you can meet all local codes regarding groundwater discharge.
A closed-loop system uses a series of underground looping pipes filled with an antifreeze solution that continuously travels through the pipes and absorbs the heat from the earth. These pipes, typically made of plastic, can be installed vertically or horizontally, depending on the size and shape of your yard.
When it is cold outdoors, a geothermal system uses the heat from below the planet’s surface to warm your home. During the summer months, when the temperature inside your home heats up, the heat is extracted and absorbed beneath the earth’s surface.
In both these systems, the warmer or cooler air is distributed throughout your home by your ductwork.
Geothermal Heat Pump Advantages
Whether a geothermal heat pump is the right system for you largely depends on the size of your Treasure Valley lot, the soil condition, and the landscape. Unlike the more popular air-source heat pumps, a geothermal system does not depend on the outdoor temperature. It can be scorching hot or freezing outdoors, and the temperature a few feet below the earth’s surface will remain at a constant temperature.
Some advantages with this system include:
These systems operate quietly, last longer than conventional HVAC equipment, and require very little maintenance.
They can reduce energy use by up to 60 percent, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).
Similar to your air conditioning unit, they help control indoor humidity.
Unlike an AC unit, there are no noisy fan units to disturb your outdoor relaxation time! Nor is there any exposed equipment outdoors.
Their environmental footprint is small since they do not use fossil fuels to operate. Nor do they expel any fumes, odors, flames, or carbon monoxide.
These systems heat and cool your home evenly without producing the hot and cold air blasts typically associated with conventional HVAC systems. Once you install your system, the savings and comfort begin!
Geothermal Heat Pump Installation and Replacement
The size of your lot will determine whether a vertical loop makes more sense versus a horizontal loop. If the soil on your Boise property is easy to dig out, that will work in your favor. Clay-based soils are harder to dig through and will probably require more time.
But once you install your system, it is in place for decades to come. You can trust our installation experts at Western to determine the right geothermal system for your Eagle home and the correct way to install it with minimal impact to your property.
Another benefit with these systems is they are often eligible for rebates and energy tax credits to help offset the upfront costs.
Geothermal Heat Pump Repairs
The nice thing about these systems is they are very durable and will last for decades. If there ever is an issue with your geothermal heat pump, you can count on Western to diagnose the problem and quickly address it to restore your system to its full operating capacity.
We offer 24/7 emergency repair services to be there when you need us most, and we never replace a part unless it is necessary—or if we can demonstrate significant cost savings.
Our company does things the right way, providing accurate quotes upfront to avoid any surprises. We are a licensed, insured, and bonded company, giving you peace of mind that you are working with a trusted professional.
Geothermal Heat Pump Maintenance
Our VIP Blue Ribbon Service program at Western is designed for our residential clients to offset the cost of maintenance and scheduled service calls. It allows our professionals to catch a small issue before it turns into a big problem.
With a geothermal heat pump, our professionals can check the flow rate, the condition of the equipment, and other factors. If a zone control system is in place in your Meridian home, we can check to be sure the dampers inside the ductwork are working right.
This program offers our clients a 15 percent discount on repairs, precision tune-ups, and professional cleanings, along with other perks. Clean air filters and coils mean improved indoor air quality (IAQ) with fewer pollutants in the air you breathe, reducing your chance of illness.
A regular HVAC maintenance program can restore your equipment so that it provides comfort for years to come. We all know the importance of maintaining our vehicles with oil changes and other inspections—your HVAC equipment deserves the same attention.
Protect your investment with a Blue Ribbon!
Call Your Geothermal Experts Today!
Schedule an appointment with Western Heating & Air Conditioning to determine if a geothermal heat pump is the right heating and cooling system for your Eagle, ID, home or business. These systems are great investments that can add tremendous value to your property. Call 208-319-1736 or request service online today to learn more about our products and services.
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