What is Geothermal Heating?

Posted By on September 17, 2010

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), geothermal heat pump systems are the most energy efficient, environmentally clean and cost effective space conditioning systems available today. 

Geothermal systems transfer heat from your home to the earth in the cooling mode, or from the earth to your home in the heating mode.  Water or another fluid is used to transfer heat through a closed loop piping system buried in the ground.  Geothermal heat pumps are electrically-powered devices that use the earth’s natural core temperature to heat and cool your home. 

Like any heat pump, geothermal heat pumps move heat energy from one place to another.  Geothermal heat pumps are 3-5 times more efficient than most fossil fuel furnace alternatives. 

The payback on these systems gets even better as the cost of fossil fuels (like natural gas) continue to rise. To figure payback accurately, you must know how much per year you’ll save on energy costs with a ground-source geothermal system, and the difference between it and a traditional heating system and central air conditioner. 

At Potterhill Homes, we have found geothermal systems to save on average 40% on a customer’s utility bill.  If your annual utility bill is $2,200 (or $183 per month), this means you’ll save $880 per year, or $73 per month.  The geothermal heat pump will cost you less than $75 per month if you finance the geothermal system in your mortgage at today’s low interest rates.  The net cost of the geothermal system is offset by the energy savings making it a break-even investment for the homebuyer in month one.  Over time, as natural gas rates continue to rise, this number will be even more in favor of geothermal heat pumps.

Geothermal heat pumps purchased from Potterhill Homes are eligible for a 30% federal tax credit, and can be purchased as an optional upgrade for only $12,500 on all Potterhill homes.

For more information on building a new Potterhill home with geothermal, visit http://www.potterhillhomes.com/

For more information on geothermal heat pumps, visit www.DelMonde.com

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!