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Geothermal

Incentives Up to

30%

Your home stays comfortable year-round while trimming your energy use by up to 80%. And now with new federal tax credits, you will save an additional 30% on the total installation. Best of all, Geothermal systems are not only a good investment, they are a cleaner choice for the environment.

Cut your energy bills. Alternative Power Solutions’ geothermal systems tap the constant temperature of the earth to provide heating, cooling, and hot water. Your home stays comfortable year-round while trimming your energy use by up to 80%. And now with new federal tax credits, you will save an additional 30% on the total installation. Best of all, Geothermal systems are not only a good investment, they are a cleaner choice for the environment. To learn more about how the geothermal technology leader can help you cut your energy bills, contact APS at (315) 314-6930.

 

BENEFITS OF GEOTHERMAL

Comfort
A very even comfort level is found throughout the home. The warm air is moved in slightly higher volumes and, therefore, saturates the home with warmth more evenly.

No Outdoor Units

Reduces noise, improves the look of your home, and leads to longer system life.

No Fossil FuelsNot using fossil fuels improves safety and eliminates service lines, flues and air intakes, and site emissions.

Proven Technology

Geothermal systems have been used for over 40 years and millions of units have been installed world-wide in commercial and residential applications.

Saves You Money

Along with tax incentives, geothermal systems can save you 50% to 80% on heating, cooling, and domestic hot water.

Energy Efficiency

Geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly HVAC systems available.

All Year Round

Since a geothermal system can both heat and cool your home, it can be used all year round in any season.

Federal Income Tax Credit Highlights:
• 30% of total system cost
• No limit to credit amount for 2009 and beyond
• Can be used to offset AMT tax
• Can be used in more than one year
• Can be combined with solar and wind tax credits
• Can be combined with energy effi ciency upgrade credits

Eligibility:
• Home must be located in the U.S.
• Does not have to be your main home
• Includes houses, apartments, condos, mobile homes
• Geothermal heat pump must meet Energy Star requirements
• Installed between 1/1/2008 and 12/31/2016

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Q: What is a geothermal heat pump?
A: A geothermal or “ground-source” heat pump is an electrically-powered device that uses the natural heat storage ability of the earth and/or the earth’s groundwater to heat and cool your home or business.

Q: How does it work?

A: Like any type of heat pump, it simply moves heat energy form one place to another. Your refrigerator works using the same scientifi c principle. By using refrigeration, the geothermal heat pump removes heat energy stored in the earth and / or the earth’s groundwater and transfers it to the home.

Q: How is heat transferred between the earth and the home?
A: The earth has the ability to absorb and store heat energy. To use that stored energy, heat is extracted from the earth through a liquid medium (water or an anti-freeze solution) and is pumped to the heat pump heat exchanger. There, the heat is used to heat your home. In summer the process is reversed and indoor heat is extracted from your home and transferred to the earth through the liquid.

Q: You mentioned heating and cooling. Does it do both?

A: One of the things that makes a heat pump so versatile is its ability to be a heating and cooling system in one. You can change from one mode to another with a simple flick of a switch on your indoor thermostat. Plus, a geothermal heat pump can assist in heating hot water year-round.

Q: Do I need separate ground loops for heating and cooling?
A: No. The same loop works for both. All that happens when changing from heating to cooling, or vise versa, is that the flow of heat is reversed inside the unit.

Q: Does the underground pipe system really work?
A: The buried pipe, or “ground loop”, is the biggest technical advancement in heat pump technology to date. The idea to bury pipe in the ground to gather heat energy began in the 1940s. But it’s only been in the last twenty-five years that new heat pump designs and improved pipe materials have been combined to make geothermal heat pumps the most efficient heating and cooling systems available.

Q: How efficient is a geothermal heat pump?
A: Geothermal heat pumps are 3.5 – 5 times as effi cient as the most efficient fossil fuel furnace. Instead of burning a combustible fuel to make heat, they simply move heat that already exists. By doing so, they provide 3.5 – 5 units of energy for every unit used to power the heat-pump system.

Q: What does a system like this cost?
A: A system for the typical home will cost more than if you bought a separate forced-air furnace and central air conditioning system. But you wouldn’t be comparing “apples to apples”. To get an accurate comparison of costs you need to consider the following:
• Payback, or how long it takes to recover the difference in costs between the two systems using energy savings. Payback for most geothermal heat pump systems runs three to five years.
• Energy efficiency of the two systems. To get an accurate picture, make sure efficiency claims are substantiated. Your lifestyle and how well your home is insulated affect how economical a system will be.
• Total operating savings from heating, cooling and domestic hot water must be combined to get an accurate picture of total energy savings.
• Energy costs and availability, both present and future.
• Maintenance costs and system reliability.
• System lifespan.
• ClimateMaster GeoDesigner software can calculate annual operating costs for geothermal systems and compare to other technologies.

Q: What about comfort?
A: In winter, a geothermal heat pump system moves warm air (90° – 105°F) [32° – 41°C] throughout your home via a standard duct network. Typically, a very even comfort level is found throughout the home. This is because the warm air is moved in slightly higher volumes and, therefore, saturates the home with warmth more evenly. This even helps out hot or cold spots and eliminates the hot air blasts common with fossil fuel furnaces. In summer, cool, dehumidified air is dispersed through the same duct network. It’s also a great comfort to know that you’ve reduced your energy consumption while using an inexhaustible energy source – the earth.