Geothermal and solar-powered options are ideal for families concerned about the environment and their long-term energy budget. If you are considering this investment, discuss your needs with an Air Control Comfort Specialist. Our team will assess your needs, compare geothermal/solar versus traditional HVAC, and provide payback schedules that estimate how long it will take your system to pay for itself in energy savings.
Geothermal systems tap into the heat trapped under the earth’s surface to provide home cooling. Beneath the earth’s frost line, solar energy from the sun is stored in the soil at a constant temperature of approximately 58 degrees. In a geothermal system, heat pumps pull heat from the ground and into your home. During summer, they function like a conventional cooling system: pulling heat from your household and moving it outside.
Geothermal heat pumps are twice as efficient as a standard 13 SEER air conditioner or heat pump, and are approximately 10 percent more efficient than the new 25 SEER model conventional air conditioners.
According to the EPA, geothermal heat pumps are currently the most efficient heating and cooling system available. In fact, a ground source heat pump can generate 4X as much energy as it expends. Owners of geothermal systems can expect to recoup their initial investment in 14 to 29 years through monthly energy savings.
Geothermal systems are a renewable energy source, so they qualify for up to 30 percent of their cost in federal energy tax credits. Some heating and air conditioning contractors have inflated geothermal pricing due to this tax credit. At Air Control, we believe that Congress gave this credit to the homeowner—not the contractor—so we do not inflate system pricing. Keep in mind, however, that the initial investment (even with the tax credit) is still more substantial than purchasing a high-efficiency conventional system.
Horizontal Loop: Used where adequate land is available for underground loops that range from 100 to 500 feet in length.
Vertical Loop: Ideal when land surface is limited. Vertical holes are drilled to depths ranging from 100 to 300 feet. Almost always used in neighborhood settings.
Geothermal Loop Pond Application: Pipes are placed along the bottom of a lake or pond. A very economical alternative when a body of water is nearby.
Harnessing the power of the sun can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 50 percent. At Air Control, we offer a full range of solar air conditioning options, ranging from Lennox SunSource models to AC-DC 35 SEER solar heat pumps. These heat pumps can save up to 80 percent on daytime cooling or heating costs. They also meet the requirements for federal tax credits, which cover 30 percent of the cost for solar modules and installation. Customers can also receive up to a $900 tax credit for solar-ready heat pumps or air conditioners, and many Arkansas utility companies offer net metering agreements that offer credit for surplus power generation.