Can a Geothermal System be Added to my Furnace?
If you are thinking about taking advantage of the federal energy tax credit for your 2013 return, you may be considering the advantages in opting for geothermal HVAC equipment. A geothermal heat pump is an excellent system choice for the Ponte Vedra Beach, FL climate. However, you may want to keep your existing furnace in place for those rare sub-freezing times. The good news is that the geothermal system can be added to your existing heater so that you can benefit from a dual-fuel configuration.
Benefits of Geothermal Equipment
In addition to providing you with both heating and cooling service from a single system, your eco-friendly heat pump provides outstanding energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Because your geothermal equipment uses either water or the ground as the medium for heat exchange, you can benefit from more stable conditions and less stress on your system components. An air source heat pump can be less efficient in freezing weather because of the impact on the heat exchange process. However, the ground or water used with a geothermal heat pump is warmer than the air and more stable in temperature.
Should I Keep the Furnace?
Although winter months in the area tend to be mild, there can be hard freezes. These icy days will produce inefficient heating from any heat pump, even if the unit is geothermal. Your existing gas-powered heating system provides excellent backup on such days, enabling you to combine systems for a comfortable indoor environment. You can also take advantage of system coordination, using the gas equipment on chillier days and the electric system on milder days. A geothermal unit can be used in tandem with a gas system to create a hybrid heating configuration.
You may worry about remembering to switch heating sources on a given day. However, you can install controls that will handle the switch for you so that you can enjoy optimized heating without worrying about remembering to make programming changes. Additionally, you will appreciate the fact that this approach to winter heating will enable you to keep your HVAC costs to a minimum.
Timing Your Installation
Your time is running short for the 2013 tax credit if you are planning to make use of the incentive. A system must be installed in a primary residence before the year’s end if you are to qualify for the credit. It’s important to remember that the credit for systems like your geothermal heat pump are higher than for air source systems. You can earn a credit of 30 percent on the purchase of your equipment as long as it is installed on or before December 31, 2013. There is no cap on the amount of the credit for renewable resource equipment.
If you are ready to get an estimate, you can contact the Ponte Vedra Beach, FL staff of Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning. We will be happy to come out and provide you with great options for your home.