Round 4: Heating Oil vs. Geothermal

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 7/9/15 1:30 PM

The Heavyweight Heating Oil is taking its 4th and final stand in the ring today. Witness history in the making as heating oil takes on the Giant Geothermal!


Meet the Contestants

Hang on there… don’t miss our round 3 coverage of the matchup between heating oil and natural gas! 

residential diagram of geothermal heating

The “Giant” Geothermal has been in the game so long, it feels as though it has been around since the beginning of time. Well maybe that’s just because it practically has. Geothermal energy is created from the formation of the planet, radioactive decay, and solar energy. Because of this combination it is possible to extract this source of heat directly from the earth and pipe it into radiators and heat exchangers! 


May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor 

The “Giant” Geothermal has a chance against the champion due to its thermal efficiency and low monthly costs. Geothermal heat pumps are able to take an already-available energy source and use it to regulate indoor temperatures. This allows your furnace to work less during the cold winter months, while still keeping your home toasty warm! 

Since there are no outdoor units involved, geothermal heat pumps create minimal noise. Additionally, there is no combustion during the process, meaning that there is no chance of carbon-monoxide poisoning. If you tend to be away from your home frequently, you will be happy to know that this system requires few tune-ups and maintenance, letting you heat your home without hassle. 

Finally, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy recognize geothermal systems as the most environmentally friendly method of home heating. No gasses are omitted that can be contributed to air quality pollution, so by using geothermal energy you are not only being “of the earth”, but you are saving it, too! 

Even though geothermal energy is generally lower in price, the cost of installation can be significant. When making this decision it is important to take into account the sizes of your home or building, heat pump, loop field, and usability of current ductwork. To get a general price, it is encouraged to use a geothermal calculator to map out expenses and savings! 


Return to Your Corners

After four rounds of intense competition, it is easy to see that all four methods of home heating come with costs and benefits. It is important to remember to choose the system that is right for your lifestyle in order to achieve optimal results! 

This tournament sure was intense! All services have to rest up for the next competition and who knows, maybe next time there will be some new players in the game. But for now, Heavyweight Heating Oil has some work to do in the offseason!

 

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Topics: Heating Oil, HVAC