Exploring Geothermal from the Ground Up
Geothermal energy has been around for more than 100 years and with the power to harness the Earth’s temperature and ultimately cool and heat your home
How it Works
In the summer and winter months we expect the extremes of sweltering heat or frigid cold, but approximately six feet under the ground, the temperatures remain constant. Like a cave, this ground temperature is warmer than the air above it during the winter and cooler than the air in the summer.1 These temperatures are then harnessed with the help of geothermal heat pumps and exchange your home’s temperature for the Earth’s.
America has been slow to adopt this technology, however, now that the government has given a tax credit, it is expected to gain steam. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 allows taxpayers to claim a credit of 30% of expenditures, including labor cost for onsite preparation, assembly or original system installation, and for piping or wiring to connect the system to their home placed in service by 12/31/2019. 2
Aside from the benefit to the environment, geothermal systems are known to be highly efficient and last around 50 years! Typically, geothermal system’s upfront costs can be steep, but one of the main advantages geothermal provides homeowners with an average savings of 30% – 70% on their energy bills. 3 And, if you factor the costs into your mortgage, the overall costs incurred will far outweigh the upfront costs.4 On average, homeowners were able to see a return on their investment in seven to eight years. 3
Arzel’s Zoning system, the GTPro, synchronizes with your geothermal unit to offer customized comfort while lowering the operational costs to control the geothermal units. The temperature sensor monitors the ground loop temperature, ensuring proper function of the system and ultimately saving you money.