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Can I Install Geothermal Myself?

Posted On: May 14, 2014

Installing geothermal energy is growing increasingly popular around the country as an alternative source of home heating and cooling. Geothermal heat pumps are more expensive than traditional heating and cooling systems up front, but in the long run, they can save you a considerable amount of money on your heating and cooling bills.

With a high initial cost, there is a lot of interest from do-it-yourselfers that are looking to reduce upfront cost.

Can I Install Geothermal Myself?

Installing anything yourself is theoretically possible assuming you have the skill and know-how, but not always recommended. Installing a geothermal system can require a considerable amount of sophisticated (and expensive) equipment.

The first thing to keep in mind is that there is not a single type of geothermal installation. Depending on the geography in your area, a geothermal heat pump could use a horizontal pipe loops while others use a vertical pipe loop system. The type of system you need depends on the soil conditions, weather in your area, and space available for the system.

Installing the wrong kind of system, or even under-sizing the correct type of system, can render your system ineffective. Soliciting the help of geothermal installation professionals is recommended to ensure that your system is sized and installed correctly. If you opt to install a system yourself and mistakes are made, you could be looking at a mistake that costs you thousands of dollars.

Geothermal heat pumps are complex, expensive, and sophisticated pieces of equipment that require training and experience to install correctly. We certainly recommend going with a professional for your geothermal heating and cooling system installation. If saving money is a concern, be sure to solicit multiple bids to find the best price.

Geothermal Heat Pump Installation in Pennsylvania

If you are interested in installing a geothermal heating and cooling system at your home in the Scranton, PA area, we will assess your home’s geothermal options and provide a no-cost estimate! Call T.E. Spall & Son today!

 

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