Leading The Way In Geothermal Heating Systems For Maine
We at ELCO are excited to offer home owners an environmentally sound alternative to expensive and unpredictable fossil fuels. Our goal is to reduce your heating and cooling bills to 40% of your present cost by using free energy stored right under your back yard. Geothermal heating systems are known for their low operating costs, low maintenance, and are generally 300-400% more efficient than conventional heating systems. These systems not only save you money, they also add considerable value to your home.
Geothermal systems rely on the relatively constant temperature found below the Earth’s surface (40-55˚ F). A heat pump located in your utility room uses a process similar to a standard air conditioner, or refrigerator, to move heat from one location to another. In this case, heat is taken from the water (45˚F) running thru the buried pipes, and delivered to your home at approximately 115˚ F. During heating months, the Earth acts as a heat source. In cooling mode the Earth acts as a heat sink. The heat pump operates on electricity but generates 3-4 times more heat energy than the electricity it uses. This is known as the coefficient of performance (COP). In other words, for every dollar spent, a geothermal system delivers $3-$4 worth of heat.
In these times of economic uncertainty, the arguments for using a geothermal heating system have never been stronger. It is more important than ever that we all spend our money wisely. So the benefit of saving 50-70% on our heating bills is easy to see, as are the benefits of reducing our carbon footprints, and keeping our energy dollars in the U.S. economy.