Is a Geothermal Heating System Right For Your Home?

May 20, 2016

Geothermal heaters are an environmentally friendly and efficient option available to homeowners. There are a number of choices to consider when choosing the best HVAC system for your home. HVAC systems are installed based on the requirements of your home – either stand alone or in combination with gas furnace heaters or electric heaters. Geothermal heating systems are an environmentally friendly and efficient option available to homeowners. What are Geothermal Heaters? Geothermal heaters use naturally available heat inside the earth to heat up a living space. Using electricity to run, geothermal heaters have three or four parts, comprising of a heat generating loop, an indoor unit, and the ductwork. A four-piece heater has an additional air handler. Types of Geothermal Heater There are two types of geothermal heaters, which vary on the type of heat exchanging ground loops. Water source geothermal heaters – This type of heater makes use of water pumps and refrigerant-to-water heat exchangers and tubing that is buried into the ground to extract the earth’s heat. Geoexchange heaters – These heaters use copper-based refrigerant tubing by directly attaching them to the ground, for more efficient heat transfer. Both these types of geothermal heaters are dependable and use electricity. However, the direct geoexchange heaters prove to be more efficient in the...

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Recognized by Enertech for Promoting GeoComfort Geothermal Systems

May 6, 2016

Local St. Louis business, Scott-Lee Heating Company, Inc., is recognized by Enertech as one of the nation’s premier geothermal installers! (GREENVILLE, IL – April 20, 2016) – Local residents don’t have to look far to find a highly qualified geothermal installer to help them reduce their carbon footprint and save money on monthly utilities. Enertech Global, manufacturer of GeoComfort geothermal heating and cooling systems, hosted its annual Dealer Meeting April 13-18, celebrating its 20th anniversary, and recognizing its top dealers from 2015. Local St. Louis business, Scott-Lee Heating Company, Inc., is one of the nation’s premier geothermal installers, having earned the Double Diamond award during the 20th Annual Enertech Global Dealer Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico. They offer the complete line of GeoComfort geothermal equipment and accessories for residential and commercial heating, cooling and hot water comfort systems and have significant experience installing and servicing these systems. Enertech President and CEO Steve Smith presented Scott-Lee Heating Company, Inc. with the distinguished award for demonstrating excellence in sales, installation and customer service. “We believe we have the best dealers in the industry,” said Smith. “They can be counted on to provide the ultimate comfort experience for the homeowner, and to hold...

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5 Reasons to Consider Geothermal Heating – St. Louis HVAC Solutions

January 15, 2016

Talk with a St. Louis HVAC expert about geothermal solutions for your home. Maybe the higher cost of installation or the thought of having to dig up that flower bed you had painstakingly planted made you pass on upgrading to a geothermal system. However important your reasons for not considering a geothermal heat pump for your home, there are five compelling ones that will make you reconsider. Geothermal Heat Pumps Are More Efficient The most efficient gas furnaces on the market are able to provide an efficiency rating between 90 and 94 percent. With a geothermal heat pump, you see an efficiency rating of at least 400%. In other terms, for every one unit of electrical energy used, you get four units of energy. Geothermal Heat Pumps Operate Silently Geothermal heat pumps are much quieter than your central air conditioning unit or current heat pump. There is no outdoor unit humming over your summer barbecues and no banging as they start up on a winter night. Geothermal heat pumps operate at the same sound level as your kitchen refrigerator, making it one of the most quiet components in your house. Geothermal Heat Pumps Are Environmentally Friendly Both the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency recognize...

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5 Things to Know About Geothermal Heating

May 15, 2015

After wind and solar energy, geothermal energy is gaining the attention of homeowners interested in green energy. The most common application for geothermal energy is in heating residential homes and commercial establishments. Listed below are five key points about geothermal heating that everyone should be aware of: 1. Geothermal Heating Is Gaining Recognition Geothermal heating technology is not just more available, but it is being used widely across the nation. A popular online resource that connects contractors and homeowners published a report stating that the requests for geothermal systems have increased by over two times in the past year. According to estimates provided by the United States Government’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Consumer Guides, there are almost 50,000 geothermal systems installed in the U.S. every year. 2. Geothermal Heating Saves Money Even though the initial investment is higher, a geothermal system pays for itself quickly in terms of reduced running costs. According to the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy consumer guide, consumers can recover the initial investment in about 5-10 years in terms of energy savings. As homeowners become more environmentally conscious, a house that has an eco-friendly HVAC system will be easier to sell and may have a better resale value in the market. 3. Geothermal Heating Is...

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A Geothermal System For Your Home

December 8, 2014

The term “geothermal system” is unfamiliar to some; however, the technology is quite interesting. A geothermal system requires circulation of water through pipes which run under your house to heat up the house during the winter and forces the heat and humidity of summer out into the ground. A geothermal system is actually a ground source heat pump which captures the solar energy trapped in the surface of the earth for heating and cooling. The system counterbalances itself with the change in seasons, thus providing you effective heating in winter and cooling during summer without using additional energy, except for the pumping system, and saves you quite a lot of money in energy costs. The Importance of Location A geothermal system is a good option for your new house or if you are remodeling. Before you decide to invest in a geothermal system, it is essential that a thorough study of the location and surrounding area is undertaken to check the feasibility of operation of the new technology. There are St. Louis HVAC consultants available who can carry out the feasibility study and advice you for choosing the best and most effective solution for your requirements. The most important requirement for a geothermal system is land. A geothermal system requires plenty...

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Busting Geothermal HVAC Myths

August 22, 2014

Ten myths about geothermal heating are eliminated. You may be interested in how installing a geothermal HVAC system would benefit your home. Learn more about geothermal heating and get the facts. Myth #1 Geothermal systems are not renewable technology since they consume electricity. Fact: Geothermal HVAC units require only one electricity unit to produce five units of hot or cold air in a building. Myth #2 Wind power and photovoltaic are better renewable technologies than geothermal systems. Fact: The amount of kilowatt-hour consumption removed by geothermal HVAC systems from electric grids for every dollar used is four times bigger than the amount provided by wind power and photovoltaic systems. Although these technologies have a significant role, geothermal HVAC systems provide a cost-effective method of reducing environmental impact while enhancing comfort inside buildings. Myth #3 Geothermal systems require a huge space for polyethylene piping earth loops. Fact: The earth loop may be positioned vertically under the ground depending on the land features. This reduces the space required above the ground. The use of an aquifer reduces the space further. Water used on the heat exchanger is returned back to its source, which reduces the impact on the environment. Myth #4 Geothermal systems...

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Troubleshooting Checklist for Geothermal Systems

August 6, 2014

Geothermal heating and cooling systems need regular maintenance to prevent breakdowns. Use this checklist to troubleshoot problems before calling your HVAC technician. Even though geothermal heating and cooling systems have a longer lifetime compared to a conventional central air conditioning and heating system, they can still experience problems and breakdown. Regular and scheduled preventive maintenance by an HVAC technician can avert potential issues in the system. The U.S. Department of Energy has revealed that inadequately maintained systems consume an additional 25 percent of energy compared to well-maintained systems. Geothermal System Troubleshooting Checklist Whenever geothermal heat pumps break down or do not provide adequately cool or heated air, it may be necessary to seek the assistance of a St. Louis HVAC company, who specializes in geothermal systems. However, homeowners can check on the system prior to getting assistance from an HVAC technician. This geothermal troubleshooting checklist can pinpoint typical issues affecting the system. • Season setting: Many homeowners request for technical assistance for something as simple as a wrong thermostat setting. The thermostat setting should be checked to ensure that the proper setting is selected for the particular season. • Temperature setting: The heat pump will not start if the house is already cool during summer,...

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Scott-Lee Heating Company, Inc. Honored by Enertech Global for Promoting GeoComfort® Geothermal Systems

June 24, 2014

(CARLYLE, IL – April 24, 2014 by Enertech Global) Enertech Global, manufacturer of GeoComfort geothermal heating and cooling systems, hosted its annual Dealer Meeting April 23-24, in Carlyle, IL. Attendees experienced a great event with access to industry information, geothermal-focused breakout sessions, and celebrated its top dealers from 2013. Scott-Lee Heating Company, Inc. was one such dealer recognized by Enertech Global for their dedication and sales achievements last year. Scott-Lee Heating Company, Inc. is located in St. Louis, Missouri and received their sales award for being one of the top GeoComfort dealers in a nine state territory. They offer the complete line of GeoComfort geothermal equipment and accessories for residential and commercial heating, cooling and hot water comfort systems and have significant experience installing and servicing these systems. We are extremely proud of all our award winners who are going above and beyond, providing quality geothermal systems to their customers, said Steve Smith, President of Enertech Global. They’ve made the commitment to educate themselves, learn the equipment, and install each and every unit to create the ultimate comfort experience for the homeowner. GeoComfort geothermal units are designed to harness the earth’s natural energy for heating and cooling. For years, value-conscious...

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Twenty Interesting Facts About Geothermal Energy

May 9, 2014

Geothermal heating and cooling systems can result in significant energy savings. Geothermal heat pumps use far less electricity and produce less noise compared to conventional HVAC systems. The best thing is that geothermal systems have a long lifespan of up to 20-25 years and requires minimal maintenance. The Benefits of Geothermal Energy HVAC experts believe that geothermal systems may require a higher initial installation cost, but they pay themselves off in terms of lower energy bills, low maintenance, high durability, and high efficiency. Here are some interesting facts about geothermal energy and how it impacts our environment and our lives. Geothermal energy is generated by tapping heat stored under the earth’s surface. Geothermal energy provides for less than 10% of the world’s energy. Geothermal energy is green energy as it poses no threat to the environment. Geothermal energy is cheap compared to conventional energy forms. Geothermal energy is a leading source of energy in Iceland. The country sources 18% of its electricity from geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is primarily used in electricity generation and heating. Geothermal energy is tapped from earth using geothermal heat pumps. Geothermal energy use produces very low greenhouse emissions; it produces only 3% of the emissions of a fossil...

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Use This Tax Credit Before the End of the Year

November 4, 2013

Do not miss the opportunity to claim the 30% tax rebate for geothermal heating systems. Put aside for a moment how environmentally friendly they are or how they can cut up to 70% off of your utility bills. Forget for now that they are more quiet and reliable than ordinary air conditioners and heat pumps. Focus instead on the tax break being offered by the federal government if you have one installed in your home or business. The Federal Tax Credit 2014 is right around the corner. Do not miss out on your opportunity to claim the 30% tax rebate being offered to homeowners who have a geothermal heating system installed. All you need to do to qualify is have purchased and installed a system that exceeds the requirements of the energy star program after 2007. You will not be required to provide any proof of purchase, but you should retain all receipts in the event of an audit. Business owners also can benefit from a tax credit of 10% if they install a geothermal heating system on their premises. Your Return on Investment A geothermal heat pump is an expensive investment initially. There is a need to dig large...

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