Improving your home’s energy efficiency is no longer just a trend. It has become the norm to choose environmentally friendly methods of homebuilding by conserving and reusing the resources we already have. And that’s exactly what home geothermal heating and cooling systems are—a way to use the earth’s energy to heat and cool the air in your home, instead of relying on energy from fossil fuels. Not only is it an environmentally friendly option that reduces your carbon footprint, but it also reduces your utility bills, too! Have we piqued your interest yet?
Here at Mangum Builders, we’re dedicated to sustainable home design that respects the environment and the land we live and build on; it’s why we’ve been helping people go green in their homes as far back as 1994. As professional home builders in the eco-conscious city of Austin, it’s important to us to take a big-picture approach in our homebuilding.
This involves being thoughtful and responsible in our work so that we can help minimize our impact on natural resources, other species and future generations. We’re proud to offer geothermal heating and cooling in our homebuilding and construction— an innovative and green-minded technique that also saves money and improves comfort for homeowners. So how does it work, exactly?
Geothermal Heating and Cooling: How It Works
Geothermal energy is a green method of heating and cooling your home. The energy is created from the heat naturally retained within the Earth, as well as the radiant solar energy that’s continually absorbed at its surface.
A typical geothermal HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system consists of a ground loop heat pump system that circulates a carrier fluid—usually a mix of water and antifreeze. In the winter, that fluid is warmed by a heat exchanger and then circulated through the ductwork and into your home as warm air. The process is reversed in the summertime: the excess heat is pumped from your home and back into the ground.
Benefits of a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
One of the most rewarding benefits of geothermal heating and cooling systems for homes is that it cuts your reliance on harmful and toxic fossil fuels. But that’s not the only reason why it makes sense for homeowners like you. When you take advantage of Earth’s natural resources this way, it means that you become energy independent—no more skyrocketing bills from your utility provider again. It’s also a simple and relatively maintenance free system. In fact, long-term utility costs can decrease by 80% or more with a geothermal heating and cooling system.
If you’re ready to go green with your new home, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a smart and simple way to get started. Best of all, you can use a geothermal system in conjunction with solar power, a rainwater system, expanded foam insulation systems, and other energy-efficient HVAC systems such as multi-zone, multi-speed and hydronic heating, all of which we offer here at Mangum Builders.
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