Is Geothermal For Me?

What is Geothermal?
  • Geothermal describes an energy derived from the heat of the earth. The earth is a huge energy storage device that absorbs more than 500 times more energy than mankind needs every year – clean, renewable energy.
  • In ancient times geothermal energy was limited to the “hot springs areas of the world.” Today’s geothermal energy is mainstream – heating and cooling homes or commercial buildings by using a Geothermal/Ground Source Heat pump connected to underground loop piping.
  • The EPA says GHPs (Ground Source Heat Pumps) are the most energy efficient, environmentally clean, and cost effective space conditioning systems available today.
  • Yoder Geothermal has been installing the loop portion of these systems for over 20 years. We’ve partnered with geothermal heating contractors in Ohio and other states to supply thousands of homes with the earth’s renewable energy, saving money and decreasing carbon footprints through geothermal drilling.
  • We’re very excited about the future of geothermal in the Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania area and would love to share our knowledge with you. Contact our geothermal installers to learn more!
How Geothermal Works
  • A geothermal system utilizes a series of underground polyethylene pipes called a ground loop to capture the earth’s free-heat source.
  • In Ohio, the ground below the frost line remains a constant 55 degrees year round. When it's five degrees outside its 55 degrees under the surface, geothermal systems take the heat it gathers during the heating season at an efficiency approaching 500% and returns it to the earth during the cooling season making geothermal heat pumps the most efficient heating systems available.
  • In the winter, a water solution circulating through pipes buried in the ground absorbs heat from the earth and carries it to the specialized geothermal furnace inside the home. This furnace concentrates the earth’s natural warmth and circulates it throughout the home through standard ductwork.
  • In the summer the process is reversed: heat is extracted from the air in the house and transferred through the furnace to the ground loop piping. The water solution in the ground loop then carries the excess heat back to the earth. The only external energy needed for the geothermal system is the small amount of electricity used to operate the ground loop pump fan and compressor.
  • Confused?  We’d love to help you understand the process.  If you live in Ohio, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania and have questions about residential geothermal technology, contact the geothermal installers at Yoder Geothermal for more info.
Will it Work Where I live?
  • The simple answer is most probably yes.  Many homeowners want a quiet, comfortable heating system that saves money and decreases their carbon footprint. If that's you, read on!
  • Geothermal energy is found in all 50 states and around the world.
  • Geothermal home heating systems can be installed in urban areas where townhouses and small lots are the norm as well as rural areas with lots of open space.
  • Geothermal furnaces are simple, quiet forced air units manufactured by different companies that can be installed in either new or existing homes and in most cases make use of existing duct work.
  • Each geothermal furnace unit needs to be connected to an underground loop field.  An average size residential, vertical loop can be installed in an area as small as 10x20 feet.  ** Of course, the area must be accessible to a drilling rig. 
  • Geothermal furnaces typically replace existing gas or electric heat sources and provide 100% of heating and cooling but in some cases can be combined with existing systems to supply homes or businesses.
  • Yoder Geothermal uses specially designed geothermal drilling rigs to gain access to your drilling site. We serve residential geothermal needs in Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania.
Benefits of Geothermal
  • Financial savings: your heating and cooling bills drop immediately as much as 40-80%.
  • No noisy exterior or roof top air conditioning equipment to maintain and no ugly oil or propane tanks to disguise in your yard.
  • Increased home safety: no dangerous carbon monoxide or pilot lights.
  • A greener footprint, using sustainable renewable energy to green your home.
  • Year round comfort: minimal room temperature fluctuation, eliminates the drafty feeling you get from most fossil fuel furnaces. Geothermal systems provide an even comfortable temperature year round.
  • Virtually free hot water in the summer.
  • Very minimal system maintenance.
  • Quiet interior operation.
  • Geothermal energy from the earth is the only renewable energy available to you in all 50 states, 12 months a year.   Solar and wind energy are inconsistently available and depend on weather conditions, time of year and location. Other types of green energy in Ohio are obtainable and can be determined based on surrounding resources.
Environmental Benefits
  • Using geothermal energy from the ground is a great way to preserve the earth’s natural resources.
  • There are no carbon dioxide emissions from your furnace to contribute to global warming.
  • The EPA and Department of Energy recognizes residential geothermal technology as the most environmentally friendly way to heat & cool your home in Ohio and other states.
  • Geothermal systems already installed can collectively save more than 14 million barrels of oil every year.
  • Low electricity demand by geothermal systems help reduce peak electricity grid demand in your area.
  • Geothermal systems tap into an unlimited resource provided by the sun. Your backyard provides more than 500x the energy needed to run the geothermal system for your home every year.
  • Yoder Geothermal is thrilled to provide green opportunities for homeowners like you desiring to be environmentally responsible in their home heating and cooling choices. We have all of the geothermal information you need!
How Much Will it Cost?
  • Heating and cooling a home for a few hundred dollars a year as opposed to thousands is a fair statement when referring to residential geothermal installation.
  • As a rule of thumb, a geothermal heat pump costs about $2,500 per ton of capacity. The typical sized home would use a three-ton unit costing roughly $7,500. As you can see, the initial cost can be significantly higher than a gas furnace. Plus, you must add the cost of drilling the loop field to this amount – the cost of drilling a 3 ton loop generally starts around $6,000.
  • Before writing off geothermal as “not for me” and “unaffordable” consider this:  Most homeowners can expect to recoup their investment through lower utility bills in 4-8 years, and possibly sooner, due to the current 30% tax credit offered by the US government for geothermal equipment and loop installation. Many homeowners in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have taken advantage of this geothermal tax credit.
  • 30% Tax Savings example:  the taxpayer spending $15,000 to install a new geothermal heat pump and loop would get a $4,500 tax CREDIT (not a tax deduction) that can be used to offset both regular income taxes and alternative minimum taxes.
  • Yoder Geothermal believes that the systems we install are a sound investment in the future and would love to discuss the details with you. Contact our geothermal installers for more info!
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