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Maximized Energy Efficiency

Gold Star specializes in all manner of heat pumps, which are highly efficient HVAC systems that can both heat and cool a home. What makes a heat pump so efficient is that it transfers heat energy as opposed to generating heat directly. Heat pumps for residential uses have traditionally transferred that heat energy to and from the ambient air. Geothermal heating systems, however, are becoming more prevalent and instead transfer that heat energy to and from the earth. According to the EPA, the average household will save at least 40% on heating costs and 30% on cooling costs by investing in a geothermal system. Homeowners can also recoup the initial investment sooner through federal tax credits, rebates, and other savings, and Gold Star can assist with those facets as well.

How Does a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Work?

Geothermal heating and cooling systems use a low-wattage electric pump to cycle a fluid—either water or a refrigerant—through a closed loop of piping. That loop is installed underground or, in some cases, submerged in a large body of water. Installers are able to orient the piping in either a vertical or horizontal manner, which allows the system to be tailored to the topography of your property.

What makes geothermal HVAC so effective is that ground temperatures are remarkably consistent and that there is a considerable amount of heat energy in the earth along with the substantial capacity for more. This is one of the big advantages over air-sourced systems, which become less efficient in extremely cold temperatures because there simply isn’t enough heat energy available. In the winter, heat energy from the ground is absorbed into the fluid and then transferred into the home, and in summer, heat energy is transferred from the home into the ground.

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Geothermal System Installation

Since the closed loop required for geothermal heating and cooling is installed underground, there are many potential installation configurations. At Gold Star, we’ll assess your unique home and property in order to determine which configuration will be the most effective and efficient for you. Our team will help you determine the size of the system you need and design the loop field so that it is as efficient as possible while being appropriate for your property. When having a geothermal HVAC system installed, it’s imperative to choose a highly experienced company like Gold Star. Common installation problems include a loop that is too small or too large or even oriented incorrectly, and those mistakes will result in an inefficient system and can result in more serious problems as well.

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Geothermal Heating and Cooling Benefits

  • No loud noise interruptions that would disturb you or your neighbors.
  • Systems are very energy efficient, with noticeably lower monthly energy costs.
  • If a geothermal system is installed properly it can last for many years and does not normally require a great deal of maintenance.
  • A large property is not always a requirement for a geothermal loop field. Many options are available for the buried pipes, both horizontal and vertical.
  • Geothermal HVAC systems do not have a direct negative impact on the environment.

Lowering Your Carbon Footprint

A geothermal heating and cooling system is a singular solution that can maintain your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the year. These systems, which are also known as ground-source heat pumps, are environmentally friendly and will lower your monthly energy consumption. Both the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency consider geothermal energy a renewable resource and recommend geothermal systems as the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective HVAC systems for both residential and commercial use. The best geothermal heat pumps currently available are about three times more efficient than the best air conditioners and air-sourced heat pumps and five times more efficient than high-efficiency furnaces.

Geothermal Heat Pump Regular Maintenance

Like all HVAC systems, geothermal heating and cooling systems require routine maintenance, and with those regular inspections and cleanings, these systems can last upward of 25 years and beyond. Gold Star specializes in geothermal heat pump maintenance, and we recommend scheduling a tune-up in spring and fall prior to the high-usage periods. We’ll perform an extensive inspection of your system, clean it, recalibrate it, and correct any wear and tear. Our technician will then discuss the state of your system with you and answer any questions that you may have. As a plan member, you’ll also receive priority service and a discount on all parts and labor if a repair is required.

Choose the Experts at Gold Star for All Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling Services

Gold Star is an established and trusted name in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and we do it all when it comes to geothermal heating and cooling. If you’re still in the decision-making phase, we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have and provide you with whatever resources we have available. Customers who are ready to move forward with an installation should reach out to us to set up an on-site consultation, and if you already have a geothermal heating and cooling system, you can call Gold Star at 1-302-485-1649 or contact us online to schedule a maintenance appointment.

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