Facts and Fictions: All About Geothermal Energy

These days, it seems that geothermal energy is becoming more and more popular and with good reason! They are not only cost-effective; they are also incredibly environmentally friendly! And, as one of the top companies in geothermal installation for Minneapolis, Hartmann Well Drilling is often asked about geothermal energy and ground source heat pumps. So, we thought we would take the time to discuss some of the most common facts and the most common fictions about geothermal energy.

FACT. Geothermal energy is a renewable resource. Ground source heat pumps use a continuous source of heat and energy – so you will never have to worry about it running out.

FICTION: Ground source heat pumps use a lot of electricity. While geothermal energy does use electricity, only one unit of electricity is used to move five heating or cooling units form the earth to your home.

FACT: Geothermal energy is environmentally friendly. Not only is it better for the environment since there is no burning of fossil fuels involved, it is also a cost effective way to produce heat and energy.

FICTION: Geothermal systems wear out quickly. Because of the way these systems are built and installed into the ground, they are actually known to last for several decades at a time because the heat-exchange equipment is indoors. The rest of the system is mostly underground, and geothermal companies can replace the system or perform geothermal repair at a lower cost than what it took to install the system in the first place.

FACT: Geothermal supplies less than 10% of the world’s energy. Iceland’s main type of energy source is geothermal energy. New Zealand, the Philippines, Italy and Japan also use geothermal energy quite extensively, and it is also very popular in Nevada and California.

FICTION: Geothermal installation is impossibly expensive. Geothermal companies like Hartmann Well Drilling can install a ground source heat pump at a reasonable price. Many different manufacturers offer financing options, and the government (local, state and federal) will sometimes have financial incentives, like tax breaks, for those who have these pumps installed.

FACT: Hartmann Well Drilling is an accredited geothermal installer, and we are accredited by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association.

FICTION: Geothermal energy is just for heat. When you get a ground source heat pump installed, you will not just enjoy heat. You will also get a new source of electricity. It can also provide cooling for your home too.

FUN FACTS: Volcanoes, hot springs and geysers are all forms of geothermal energy. And, the word geothermal comes from the Greek word “geo” meaning earth and “therme” meaning heat.

Would you like to learn even more about geothermal energy and installation in Minneapolis? Call Hartmann Well Drilling at 952-758-2202, or you can contact us to set up a Free Estimate.

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