Why Install Geothermal?
Living with a geothermal system is an exceptionally quiet, comfortable, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly experience!
- Enhanced comfort – doesn’t dry out the air as much as conventional systems.
- Improved indoor air quality
- Aesthetics – no loud, ugly outdoor equipment
- No onsite combustion = no worries about carbon monoxide, fuel leaks/spills, or fumes
- Reduced noise – no outdoor condenser or chiller
- Minimal maintenance – primarily filter replacement
- No weather damage, corrosion, or vandalism
- Environmentally friendly – greatly reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Long service life – 20 years or more (ground loop piping – 50+ years)
- “Green” technology recognized by LEED.
Another valid measure of confidence, geothermal systems have earned Energy Star certification by the EPA and DOE.
how does geothermal work?
Simply put, in winter, warmth is drawn from the earth through a series of pipes, called a loop, installed beneath the ground. A water solution circulates through the loop and carries the earth’s natural warmth (in Colorado the earth stays at a relatively constant temperature of approximately 48-55 degrees) to a heat pump inside the home. The heat pump concentrates the earth’s thermal energy and transfers it to air circulated through interior ductwork or to radiant heat in flooring.
In the summer, the process is reversed; heat is extracted from air inside the home and transferred to the biggest “heat sink” of all- Earth – by way of geothermal loops.
Also, as an added bonus you can utilize the waste heat removed from the home’s interior during the cooling season to provide virtually free hot water. This can result in a total savings in hot water costs of about 30% annually, and further lower your home’s total emissions. Geothermal can also be used in conjunction with solar, radiant floor systems, as well as used to preheat domestic hot water.
Who Can Use Geothermal?
Geothermal systems can be found in all types of structures from residential housing to commercial buildings. From new construction to existing structures, luxury homes and middle-class homes to townhomes and condos, geothermal systems are becoming a valuable option. More builders are seeking geothermal technology to increase energy efficiency and reduce their ‘carbon footprint’. Benefits that conventional heating and cooling systems just can’t match.
Colorado Geothermal Drilling and Dan Rau were featured in the magazine Energy Leaders Today The Magazine for Captains of Industry. The article titled Geothermal Drilling in the Rockies came out in the Fall 2010 issue. Check it out!
Colorado Geothermal Drilling provided geothermal drilling and loop installation for the Poudre Valley REA Geothermal Demonstration Project. The results of the 'experiment' in energy efficiency yielded results that are now saving a rural family $400 per month off their heating bills every winter and cooling their home in summer for just pennies a day. Download pdf for project details.
In April 2010 9News ran a story on geothermal and featured a system in Cherry Hills Village being installed by Colorado Geothermal Drilling.
Colorado Geothermal Drilling has been featured on two episodes of Renovation Nation which airs on the Planet Green Channel. The episodes, called Boulder, CO --Smart Home and Washington, DC: Corking the Kitchen, aired previously but are frequently replayed.
Colorado Geothermal Drilling is being featured on two episodes of Renovation Nation! Renovation Nation is on the Planet Green channel. The first episode premiered August 7th and is titled "Washington, D.C.: Corking the Kitchen A Washington, DC couple need help installing a recycled counter top and cork floor; a Boulder, CO, couple want a home with no carbon footprint." We will let you know when the next episode airs!
Colorado Geothermal Drilling installed a geothermal system into a home featured in the 2009 Denver Luxury Home Tour. The home, located at 650 Golden Willow, Evergreen, CO, will save the homeowner approximately 1 million dollars in heating and cooling costs over the life of the system.