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Farmers Get More Out of Their Fields

Farmers today have many challenges to face but here in Eastern Iowa the farmers are concerned about the cost of rising fossil fuels and consequently the higher operating cost to heat their farm residence and buildings.  What many farmers may not realize is that the solution to this challenge is geothermal technology.  In fact, the agricultural sector is an ideal candidate due to their access to sufficient amounts of land and their potential for a high return on investment.

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Geothermal Heat Pumps – 2013’s Green Product of the Year

Today, there are many so called “Green” products on the market but I venture to say that no “Green” product can make as large of an environmental impact as a Geothermal Heat Pump. The United States gets 84% of its total energy from oil, coal and natural gas – all of which are fossil fuels. We’ve depended on fossil fuels to provide electricity, power industries, heat our homes and operate our vehicles. As a result, the planet’s supply ...

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How Does Geothermal Compare?

How Does Geothermal Compare?

Geothermal heat pump systems can hold their own when compared to other traditional heating methods.  In fact, they’re an extremely competitive choice for a market forced to deal with rising energy costs and resource depletion because they are renewable and the most efficient heating and cooling system available today. Add in the fact that many ground source heat pumps can heat a home’s water for virtually no additional cost, you quickly realize that you can’t lose with a properly designed ...

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All About Geothermal Loops

The heart of a geothermal system is the in-ground loop field (geothermal loops).  The loop field is a system of underground polyethylene pipes that are a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer.  These pipes are heat fused at 525 degrees and are used to circulate a non-toxic and non-corrosive solution containing 75% water and 25% propylene glycol.  The thermally conductive solution is then circulated thru the pipes, where it collects earth’s thermal energy.  The collected thermal ...

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The Impact Geothermal Energy Has On the Environment

Geo-Environmental-ImpactDid you know that you are standing on one of the most environmentally friendly resources for home heating and cooling?  It’s true!  The earth acts like a solar collector by storing heat in the ground.  This heat can then be harnessed and used to heat and cool virtually any home or building.

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Choose your Geothermal contractor wisely.

As Geothermal heating and cooling systems have gained in popularity, so have the number of contractors. And with so many “experienced”, “Green”, “experts” to choose from; it’s no wonder many people don’t know how to recognize the qualities of a superior contractor—or the warning signs that can lead to regret. Ultimately, you’ll want to choose a qualified and experienced contractor you’ll enjoy working with.

Before even choosing a contractor, you should gain more knowledge about the Geothermal industry. Education is truly ...

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5 Geothermal Misconceptions

As with most misunderstood technologies, a barrage of myths and misconceptions exist.  Unfortunately, Geothermal is not immune.  While these types of systems certainly have their limitations, the same is true about any type of heating and cooling system you could install in your home.  But if you are really trying to evaluate whether or not a geothermal heating and cooling system is right for your needs, you will first need to sort the facts from fiction.  Get the ...

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Common Geothermal Questions and Answers

With 17 years in the Geothermal industry and over 1,500 Geothermal installations, we’ve received many common geothermal questions from our customers. We believe that providing accurate answers to these questions gives our customers the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their heating and cooling needs. Hopefully the answers to our top five most commonly asked questions will be the answers you are looking for.

1.) Is Geothermal for everyone?
Answer: Whether you live in ...

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6 Advantages of Geothermal Home Comfort Systems

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are quickly becoming the #1 choice for homeowners and businesses everywhere because the many benefits these high efficiency systems provide.  Thousands of Geothermal purchasers have chosen to enjoy the following advantages of geothermal over a conventional furnace and air conditioning system.

1. Lower Operating Cost:  The most efficient gas furnace has an efficiency rating of 98%. Geothermal delivers a 400% efficiency rating.  That means for every 4 units of energy that are ...

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