Simply put, a geothermal system doesn't heat or cool your home by burning fossil fuels or using electricity in the ways you're used to. Instead, it uses electricity to access the near-constant temperatures found deep in the earth. Geothermal works on a very simple principle: no matter what the air temperature is outside, under the surface of the earth, the temperature remains constant. Which means that during the summer, the earth is cooler than the outside air, and during the winter, the earth is warmer than the outside air.
A geothermal system works like a heat pump, only on a much larger scale. In cold weather, your home is warmed by heat brought in from the earth. During warm weather, your home is cooled by the movement of heat from your home back into the earth. There are four types of geothermal configurations available: Open Loop, Pond Loop, Horizontal Loop and Vertical Loop. Your Trane dealer will help determine which installation works best for your needs.
The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized geothermal systems as one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home. Why is this important? You may not realize it, but well over 50 percent of your home energy bill goes towards heating and cooling. Which just goes to show that a geothermal system gives you a significant opportunity for savings. In fact, a typical geothermal system operates with such efficiency that it can return up to four dollars of heat for every dollar spent on electricity. Geothermal systems can also be configured to reduce your need for energy to heat the water you use for bathing, laundry and washing dishes. Because it uses the constant temperature of the earth, geothermal is a sustainable, renewable energy source that not only won't run out, it remains efficient year after year in every kind of weather.
Not only will your Trane EarthWise™ Geothermal System increase the efficiency of your home heating and cooling every month, thereby lowering your energy costs, it may also qualify you for a 30% tax credit* through 2016. Local incentives and rebates may be available as well. See your local Trane dealer for details. * Tax credit is subject to IRS regulations. Consult a tax professional for advice on tax preparation.
It is a Heat Pump System that taps into the Earth's free energy year round to provide efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost effective heating and cooling for your home or business.
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