At Air Comfort we strive to provide our customers with the most efficient products available to give you the best return on your home investment.
At Air Comfort we understand you have a lot of choices. Our knowledgable staff will help answer your questions to choose the best system for your family's comfort.
Your own backyard has the potential to be an energy source for heating and cooling comfort. Outdoor air temperatures fluctuate throughout the year with the changing seasons. In contrast, ground temperatures about four to six feet below the Earth's surface remain relatively moderate and constant all year. That's because the Earth absorbs 47% of all the heat energy that reaches its surface from the sun. A geothermal system circulates a water-based solution through a buried loop system to take advantage of these constant temperatures. A single piece of equipment has the ability to heat and cool your home, while providing some or all of your home's hot water as well. Geothermal systems can save you 30% to 70% on your monthly utility bills.
During the heating cycle, the fluid circulates through the loop extracting heat from the ground. The heat energy is transferred to the geothermal unit. The unit compresses the extracted heat to a high temperature and delivers it to your home through a normal duct system or radiant heat system.
For cooling, the process is simply reversed. Because the earth is much cooler than the air temperatures on a hot day, the geothermal system removes heat from the home and deposits it into the ground. The fluid is cooled by the ground temperatures and returned to the unit for cooling your home.
Geothermal systems use small amounts of electricity to transfer heat to and from the ground to your home. On average, it can produce four units of energy for every unit of electricity used to power the system. Even the best conventional systems deliver less than one unit of energy for each unit it consumes. Homeowners typically experience an annual savings of 30% to 70% when compared to ordinary systems.
Ordinary systems require expensive regular maintenance for each unit - the furnace, the air conditioner, and the water heater. When properly installed, a GeoComfort geothermal system requires little or no maintenance beyond periodic checks and filter changes. Equipment life is prolonged since geothermal are located indoors and out of the varying climate and weather. Geothermal systems typically last more than 20 years if properly maintained.
Geothermal systems have a higher installation cost when compared to conventional systems because of the buried loop system. Some homeowners view the system as being too expensive and fail to see the whole picture. Geothermal will produce significantly cheaper utility bills and annual maintenance costs. The initial cost of a geothermal system can be tied into your monthly mortgage payment or other form of low interest financing option. The savings on your utilities easily cover the increase in your loan payment giving you the extra cash flow. A system will usually pay for itself within a three to five year span.
Geothermal is recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as the most environmentally-safe, cost effective heating and cooling system on the market. Installing a geothermal system is equivalent to planting 750 trees or taking 2 cars off the road.
Geothermal systems heat and cool homes evenly, eliminating the hot and cold blasts of air found with conventional systems. Geothermal also dehumidifies the air during hot summer months.
Geothermal systems use the same principles that operate a refrigerator or freezer, and the units are just as quiet. There is no unsightly outdoor unit to disturb you or your neighbors.
Geothermal units do not use fossil fuels such as natural gas and propane. Threats caused by combustion are eliminated. No worries about flames, fumes, odors, or carbon monoxide.
As a bonus, geothermal systems can produce some or all of your hot water at much higher efficiencies than ordinary methods. A simple connection is made so the geothermal system can deliver hot water to be stored in your hot water heater. In fact, the heat removed from your home during the cooling cycle is deposited directly to the water heater instead of the ground. This provides you with virtually free hot water.
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(319) 896-43571119 12 1/2 Wenig Rd NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52404