Geothermal Energy Heating PA

Frequently Asked Questions

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Q: Can one system provide both space heating and cooling for my home? And what about heating hot water?
A: Yes. A GSHP (ground source heat pump) can be a combination heating/cooling and hot water heating system. You can change from one mode to another with a simple flick on your indoor thermostat. Using a desuperheater, some GSHPs can save you up to 50% on your water heating bill by preheating tank water.

Q: How much space does a GSHP require?
A: Most of a GSHP installation is underground. Inside the house, the heat pump units are about the same size as a traditional heating and cooling unit.

Q: How long will my GSHP system last?
A: The equipment used in a GSHP will last typically 18 to 25 years. The drilled field will last a lifetime and never need to be drilled again even when the system needs replaced. The lifespan of a GSHP is substantially longer that the 12 to 15 years lifespan of a standard air-to-air heat pump.

Q: How noisy is the GSHP unit?
A: GSHPs are very quiet, providing a pleasant environment inside and outside of the home. GSHPs have no noisy fan units to disturb outdoor activities.

Q: How safe are GSHPs?
A: GSHP systems are safe and protected. With no exposed equipment outdoors, children or pets cannot injure themselves or damage exterior units. GSHPs have no open flame, flammable fuel or potentially dangerous fuel storage tanks.

Q: What are the environmental benefits of GSHP systems?
A: Currently installed systems are making a huge difference in our environment! The systems are eliminating more than three million tons of carbon dioxide and are the equivalent of taking 650,000 automobiles off the road. GSHP systems conserve energy and because they move heat that already exists rather than burning something to create heat, they reduce the amount of toxic emissions in the atmosphere. They use renewable energy from the sun and because the system doesn’t rely on outside air, it keeps the air inside of buildings cleaner and free from pollens, outdoor pollutants, mold spores and other allergens. And most units are using environmentally safe R-410A refrigerants.

Q: Will my existing ductwork function with this system?
A: Yes, in most cases. Vertex technicians will be able to assess existing ductwork and determine if any modifications are needed.

Q: Can a GSHP system be added to my fossil fuel furnace?
A: Yes. Called dual systems, they can easily be added to existing furnaces for those wishing to have a dual-fuel heating system. Dual-fuel systems use the GSHP system as the main heating source and a fossil fuel furnace as a supplement in extremely cold weather should additional heat be needed.

Q: Will the installation cause any permanent damage to my lawn or landscaping?
A: No. Vertex can have your lawn and landscaping reseeded and repaired after the installation. We can manage the entire project for you.

Q: How much yard space is required for geothermal installation?
A: Minimal space is required for the actual ground source pump however the issue is primarily access for the well driller to the drill site. The specialists at Vertex determine on a case by case basis the feasibility of geothermal installation.

Q: What do S.E.E.R., A.F.U.E., and H.S.P.F. mean?
A: S.E.E.R. stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rate. A.F.U.E. stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency and H.S.P.F. stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. These are the most commonly used terms to describe equipment efficiencies. The higher the number, the better.