What are the benefits of using ground-source heat pumps?

There are numerous benefits to using GSHPs:

  • Highest energy savings potential. GSHPs are the most efficient heating and cooling system available - even more efficient than air-source heat pumps. If you heat with oil, propane, or electric-resistance heat, you could save hundreds to thousands of dollars per year on your heating bill by installing a ground-source heat pump. No need to pay thousands of dollars just to get a gas connection to your home: a cleaner, more efficient alternative is already available.
  • Greatly reduce your carbon footprint. As the most efficient clean heating & cooling technology available, GSHPs will greatly reduce your carbon footprint. Using solar PV or other renewable electricity sources can further offset emissions from the electricity powering your heat pump. If you’re looking for the most environmentally-friendly heating and cooling system, look no further.
  • A clean, whole-home solution. Ground-source systems can offer a clean whole-home heating and cooling solution without requiring backup heating. Eliminate fossil fuel combustion and associated risks from your home entirely. Ground-source can also heat 40-50% of your home’s domestic hot water at no additional operating cost with an add-on.
  • No exposed outdoor components. Unlike central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps, GSHPs have no visible outdoor components, for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • Remote monitoring. GSHPs often come with remote monitoring systems. These allow the installer to receive alerts, diagnose problems and verify performance, only needing to come out to your home when hands-on maintenance is required.

Show All Answers

1. What is a ground-source (aka geothermal or geoexchange) heat pump and how does it work?
2. What types of ground-source heat pumps and configurations are available?
3. What are the benefits of using ground-source heat pumps?
4. Are there drawbacks to ground-source heat pumps?
5. Is a ground-source heat pump right for me?
6. Why are ground-source heat pumps considered to be a clean heating and cooling technology?
7. Can ground-source heat pumps provide domestic hot water?
8. How do the annual maintenance costs of ground-source heat pumps compare to other heating systems?
9. How long do ground-source heat pumps last?
10. How complicated is installing a ground-source heat pump and how much time will it take?
11. What if I don’t have a lot of yard space?
12. How much will a ground-source heat pump cost?
13. Are there any state or federal incentives available for GSHP installations?
14. Are rebates available for ground-source heat pump installations?
15. How can I find a GSHP installer?
16. What questions should I ask potential GSHP installers?
17. Who can I contact if I have a question not answered in these FAQs?