An increasing number of heating and cooling dealers sell and install geothermal systems. We suggest you contact a geothermal HVAC contractor from our list. A good rule of thumb is to meet with the HVAC contractors then obtain three estimates to determine your best deal. Be sure to ask for references! URE members are encouraged to read our booklet called, “Questions to ask when replacing your HVAC.”
Contact URE member services prior to the installation of your geothermal system to receive a Geo-Info packet to review. There are two forms that must be completed and returned - the Appliance Rebate form and the Member Agreement form. URE member services representatives will gladly assist you with these forms. URE requires a geothermal system site inspection. After all the requirements have been met, your rebate application will be processed and an $800 rebate check will be issued to you. Maximum $1,600 two rebates. Limit 2 units per residential member.
Geothermal systems heat and cool your home in an even fashion. they are clean, safe, and quiet. The geothermal systems are all-electric so there are no flames, flues, or fumes. any home with a central duct system is a candidate for a geothermal system. There are a variety of ways to install an earth loop, even small loops for confined areas. The piping is underground or underwater, so there is little maintenance required. Occasional cleaning of the heat exchanger coils and changing the air filters are about all that’s necessary to keep the system in good running order.
Unlike any other heating and cooling system, a geothermal heat pump can preheat your hot water. This means sometimes you will use little or no additional energy to heat water. A device called a "desuperheater" transfers excess heat from the pump to the water heater. In the summer, hot water is provided with no additional energy usage and in the winter, water heating costs are cut roughly in half. Your HVAC contractor can tell you if this process will work with your water heater.
Efficiencies! A geothermal system uses the fairly constant 52-degree temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home, so it operates at maximum efficiency because the system is not working as hard during extreme temperatures. This super high efficiency can equal energy savings of up to 70% for heating and 5% for cooling.