Bealeton, VA (PressExposure) March 04, 2009 -- Ross & Cammie Fuller of Jeffersonton, Virginia have recently installed a geothermal system with the help of Virginia remodeling contractor, Home Sweet Home Improvements. Geothermal heating and cooling systems are the most energy efficient and environmentally safe systems used today. In fact, geothermal systems can reduce heating and cooling costs for a homeowner by almost 50%. That number will only continue to grow as long as the cost of fuel, especially oil, continues to increase.
Basically, instead of burning fuel to make heat, a geothermal system simply moves heat that already exists. The earth is able to maintain a relatively constant temperature. This combined with the earth's ability to absorb almost 50% of all solar energy is what the geothermal systems draw its heat from. The Geothermal system extracts BTUs from the ground and pumps the heat throughout your home by means of an electric heat pump. When the system is cooling your home, the opposite happens. BTUs are extracted from your home and pushed back into the earth. Just like how a refrigerator operates.
Tom Wotton, founder of Home Sweet Home Improvements stated, " My professional and personal experience is that electric is the most expensive and least efficient. With a geothermal system the efficiencies are 1.5 to 2 times greater than an outside air heat pump. The Fullerâs investment into alternative energy is a very sound investment for themselves as well as for their children. Their neighbors and the environment also benefit from their choice of going âGreenâ. I think we all need to go in that direction.â
The average cost for the Piedmont area of Virginia is about 2 times that of a conventional air heat pump system and 30% or more of the cost is the site prep, excavation and drilling. It may be a larger investment but it pays off over time and if you ever sell your home, you will be ahead of the game and stand out from other homes for sale.
About Home Sweet Home Improvements: Established in 1990 and based in Fauquier County, VA, Home Sweet Home Improvements, LLC serves the Northern Piedmont region of Virginia with the highest quality home remodeling and building services. From finishing basements to remodeling kitchens to design/build services, HSHI has earned a reputation for full customer satisfaction and artisan-level quality. They are Class A Contractors licensed in Build, Electrical and Plumbing. HSHI has acquired several designations including Certified Graduate Remodelor (CGR). Tools and valuable resources can be found on their website at HomeSweetHomeImprovements.com.