Q & A: The Most Efficient Way To Heat & Cool Your Home
With oil prices on the rise, it’s time to start looking at other ways to heat and cool your home. But with so many choices, how do you know which is the most efficienct or best for your home? That’s what Frank Gregory, host of WDEL 1150AM Saturday Morning Hot Spot, asked John Fletcher, Sobieski Services’ Sales Manager.
Adapted from an interview between John Fletcher, Sobieski Serivces’ Sales Manager, and Frank Gregory, host, as heard on WDEL 1150AM Saturday Morning Hot Spot.
Frank: We’ve heard horror stories about propane prices in the Midwest, and of course with oil prices we all know about the difficulty there. If you had to say, what’s gonna be our best heating option going forward?
John: Geothermal is really the most efficient way to heat and cool your house by far, but as far as a medium to heat your house, natural gas and natural gas prices are trending fairly level and even trending down. If natural gas is an option, it’s definitely the best way to go as far as a fuel source. But geothermal has been the most efficient way to heat and cool your house.
Frank: Breakdown the term geothermal for everybody. I think that’s confusing for a lot of people.
John: Sure. Geothermal is a heat pump system that draws the heat from the ground. So they’re extremely efficient because you’re not creating heat. You’re really just transferring the heat that mother nature has already provided for us. We’re just tapping into that. It’s a lot more efficient than creating heat from nothing.
Frank: Now I have a traditional heat pump, an electric heat pump. Could I go to geothermal if I’m not hooked up?
John: Most houses you can, but some you can’t, and that’s generally because of space limitations or if you’re in a condo situation where you don’t actually own the ground. We do have to get into the ground to be able to install a geothermal heating and cooling system.
To learn more about efficient ways to heat and cool your home, contact us today at Sobieski Services. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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