A geothermal heating and cooling system is a major investment. However, this type of system can save a tremendous amount of money in energy bills! A geothermal heat pump works on the same principle as a refrigerator. It simply transfers heat from the ground to the condo in the Winter, plus reverses operation while in cooling mode. The system uses long loops of underground pipes filled with an antifreeze solution. The underground loop system is linked to a geothermal heat pump that is installed inside the home. During the Winter, the antifreeze solution pulls heat from the ground and sends it to the heat pump and refrigerant coils, where the heat is then distributed via a forced-air system. During the summer, the system removes heat from the condo and transfers it the ground. There is no combustion process to create heat, eliminating greenhouse gas emissions, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. This type of system is exceptionally clean and safe. Because the underground temperature remains at a relatively stable fifty degrees all year round, the geothermal system requires a lot less energy to cool the condo than a conventional air conditioning. Unfortunately, the purchase price and installation of a geothermal system is overwhelming, often adding up to thirty thousand dollars. The investment depends on soil conditions, rue size, system configuration, venue accessibility and the amount of drilling required. A geothermal system officially costs forty percent more than implementing a traditional Heating & Air Conditioning unit. However, return on investment could take as little as 4 years. There’s also a variety of federal, state and local financing, rebates and incentives to help with the cost. The lower operating costs add up to big savings. A geothermal heat pump will trim your heating costs by thirty to sixty percent, and cooling costs by up to fifty percent.