I know this is not wood related but I am always impressed with the way people on this forum willingly share their knowledge.
I went to a home show over the weekend and I was really impressed by what I heard about geothermal heating and air conditioning. I own enough land that I could install a horizontal system which is much cheaper than the vertical systems one installs if space is limited. The tax credits (30%) are significant as is a rebate from my electric company ($1400). Furthermore, my electric company sets up a separate meter for the heat pump and I pay at about half of their normal rate for energy used to run the heat pump. It seems quite clear that this is an investment that pays for itself fairly quickly.
What I don’t know is how good geothermal systems work and how dependable they are. Does anyone have experience with geothermal? I live in Iowa where we get both cold winters (especially this year) and hot summers. I am told that I need a 4 ton system for my house.
Thanks in advance for any insight offered.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.