Installation Planning As it is with traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating systems require some planning to ensure that the equipment and all of its components are the correct size and configuration for your home. It’s also important to remember that adding geothermal technology to operate your heating and cooling system isn’t something that you can handle yourself, so ensure you’re partnering with a professional geothermal contractor like Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. The Process SIZE AND COST The first step will be working with a geothermal HVAC system expert from Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to choose the size of geothermal system needed to heat and cool your home. No two homes in Hilton Head Island are equal, so getting an estimate for your specific home is critical to ensuring the greatest energy-efficiency improvement in the long run. LOOP CHOICE Depending on the land or water resources available to you, there are a few different configurations to choose: horizontal loop, vertical loop or pond loop. This will be determined during your consultation so that you know exactly what you’re ending up with when it comes to installation of the system. Integration Regardless if you are getting geothermal for an existing system or entirely replacing your traditional system, you can take advantage of the upside of geothermal technology. DIGGING Once the utilities are marked in your yard, digging will start and the pipes will be installed in a u-shape pattern. Once the pipes are in their spot, any open trenches will be backfilled and you’re able to add grass seed or sod. Equipment Installation with the pipes and outdoor work complete, the indoor portion of your installation can take place. Adding your geothermal HVAC system inside is not much different from what you’d expect of any other heating or central AC installation – removal and replacement of the old system, hooking it up to the present duct work, and system setup and calibration. It is worthy of noting that each geothermal installation has its own timeline specially crafted for that situation, so consult Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to have them do an analysis and determine the expected time needed for your system. Once your new geothermal system is in place, you can utilize it like any other heating or cooling equipment, setting up annual maintenance to keep it running at its highest level of performance. Geothermal heating and cooling is as trustworthy as traditional heating and cooling systems, but once installed, it can provide you even higher efficiency than traditional systems. While geothermal heating and cooling hasn’t completely taken over Hilton Head Island yet, you can still take advantage of the significant energy-saving and tax-saving benefits it can provide. Feel free to give Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 843-619-3781, arrange an appointment online or use our chat feature to get a free estimate, and learn more about your geothermal heating and cooling system options.