Buying Guide: Geothermal Heat Pumps

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The secret to saving up to 70% on heating, cooling and water heating energy usage is right in your own yard. A geothermal heat pump is an efficient, cost effective, and environmentally-friendly way to heat and cool your home.



Comfort

Geothermal heat pumps deliver a comfort level superior to that of a traditional heating and cooling system. With its year-round precise distribution of air, you will not experience hot and cold spots throughout your home. Additionally, because the system is located indoors and constructed for quiet operation, there is not a noisy outdoor unit to disturb your neighbors or outdoor activities. Likewise, the systems indoor location improves the reliability of the system, because it does not withstand the wear and tear of outside elements throughout the seasons.

Efficiency

Installing a geothermal heat pump system can help you save up to 70% on heating, cooling and water heating usage, and provide you with a variety of benefits including:

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  • Lower energy costs
  • Reliability
  • Enhanced comfort
  • Quiet equipment operation
  • Installation options
  • Environmentally-friendly

A geothermal heat pump system can replace virtually any system, because fossil fuels are not required for operation. Geothermal heat pump systems are safe to operate and, according to a study completed by the EPA, "the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning systems available today."

Equipment

WaterFurnace 7 Series™ - 700A11
41.0 EER / 5.3 COP

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The WaterFurnace 7 Series™ provides homeowners the ultimate in comfort and performance and represents our finest products. This line is for those who accept only the best and is built using the latest technologies and highest standards. The 700A11 signifies groundbreaking innovations on multiple fronts most notably as the geothermal industry's first fully launched variable capacity residential unit and the only unit to surpass both the 41.0 EER and 5.3 COP efficiency barriers. These ratings are vastly greater than ordinary conditioning systems and 30% higher than current two-stage geothermal heat pumps.

Our Aurora communicating controls work in unison with variable capacity technology. A variable capacity compressor, variable speed loop pump, and variable speed blower motor combine to offer a level of comfort you have to experience to believe. Best of all, 7 Series units use the stored energy in your yard to provide savings up to 70% on heating, cooling, and hot water.

WaterFurnace 5 Series™ - 500A11
30 EER / 4.8 COP

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As the upgrade to our highly successful Envision Series, the 5 Series represents some of our best features and efficiencies yet. The 500A11 provides forced air heating, air conditioning, and even generates a portion of your home's hot water all from a single unit that offers a level of comfort and savings that's far greater than any ordinary system. Available in many sizes and configurations, the 500A11 provides exceptional performance, versatility, and quiet operation. All 5 Series products utilize environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant and the best in system components, including the next generation of WaterFurnace controls Aurora. Aurora controls provide two-way communication between components for the ultimate in performance and troubleshooting capabilities. The 5 Series upholds the standards we've set over three decades and the trust associated with the WaterFurnace name. Every unit is computer run-tested to ensure flawless performance at start-up and in the unlikely event of a malfunction, they're backed by the best warranties in the industry. Choose a geothermal system that's Smarter from the Ground Up.

WaterFurnace 5 Series Splits 500R11 and 500RO11
25.3 EER / 4.4 COP

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The 500R11 Splits are designed for indoor installations, and the 500R011 Splits are designed for outdoor installations. They are connected to an indoor air handler (or fossil fuel furnace) to provide forced air heating, cooling, and even a portion of your domestic hot water. 5 Series units utilize the ozone-safe R-410A refrigerant and the best in system components, including the next generation of WaterFurnace controls - Aurora. Aurora provides two-way communication between components for the ultimate in performance and troubleshooting capabilities. The 5 Series Splits will provide exceptional performance and comfort for many years and upholds the standards we've set over three decades. Every unit is computer run-tested to ensure flawless performance at start-up, and in the unlikely event of a malfunction, they're backed by the best warranties in the industry.

Warranty


The availability of a manufacturer warranty, or dealer warranty, is often a valuable option that can provide parts and labor coverage in the case of equipment malfunctions. For a geothermal heat pump system, the available warranty is typically 10 years parts and labor.

Accessories


GEOTANK™

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The WaterFurnace GeoTank is simply the best way to capture preheated water from your unit. Engineered specifically for your WaterFurnace geothermal system, the GeoTank includes unique features that make installation and operation easy.

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ALPINEPURE™

The WaterFurnace AlpinePure™ Series is based around three strategies to improve indoor air quality: filter the air, ventilate the air, and eliminate the source. WaterFurnace Indoor Air Quality products include premium air cleaners, purifiers and media filters.


Selecting an Installation Contractor: Geothermal Heat Pumps

A geothermal heat pump heating and cooling system is a significant investment. Weve compiled a checklist to help you select a company that has the expertise and experience to best meet your comfort needs.

  • Check Credentials. Research the company and reputation by reviewing customer testimonials and references.
  • On-site Evaluation. Anticipate a personal visit to your home, so the company understands your comfort needs and can perform a thorough survey of the home and equipment for a custom solution.
  • Check Local and State Licenses. Ask to see applicable licenses, as well as insurance forms for liability and workmens compensation.
  • Qualified Technicians and Installers. Ask about the training, certifications and screening processes of employees.
  • Warranties and Maintenance Agreements. Inquire about the availability of manufacturer warranties and service agreements to ensure your system maintains optimum efficiency and performance.
  • Sales, Service and Installation. Ensure the company repairs the equipment they install, and provide emergency service if something goes wrong.
  • Ask Questions. A new geothermal heat pump heating and cooling system is a large investment, so dont feel pressured to make a quick decision. Ask about the installation process, permits, warranties, financing options, and the pros and cons of the presented options.
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