Geothermal systems work by harnessing the suns energy, which is absorbed by the ground, and turns it into natural energy by using earth loops. These systems are very beneficial because they allow the customer to save up to 70% for heating, cooling, and hot water. This is possible because a geothermal unit delivers 5 units of energy for every on unit of electrical energy used. Also geothermal heating delivers a more evenly distributed heat as well as air conditioning, so you don't get the hot and cold spots like you would with a conventional heating an cooling system. Another reason these systems can be more cost efficient is because of the fact they do not produce any combustion gases they can be stored indoors which means they do not suffer from the wear and tear of conventional systems that are placed outside, so the require less maintenance. Geothermal systems are the most environmentally friendly heating and cooling systems available to day, and because of this through the Energy Improvement & Extension Act of 2008 customers can qualify for a one time tax credit up to 30 % of the total investment for installing a residential ground loop or ground water geothermal systems. There is also a tax credit available for 10% of the total investment for installing a commercial system as well. these tax credits are available now through December 31, 2016. For more information on Geothermal systems you can visit www.waterfurnace.com, you can also visit the energy star website for more information on the tax credits available by visiting www.energystar.go/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index.
A heat pump is a piece of equipment that can not only heat but also has the ability to cool as well, which means there is no need to install separate systems to heat and cool your home, allowing home owners to save money. The three most common types of heat pumps are air-source, ground-source, and absorption heat pumps, all work basically the same way by transferring heat from one area to another this is accomplished through heat transfer, which is the process of mobbing heat from one location to another instead of burning fuel. Heat naturally wants to move from a location with a high temperature to an area with a low temperature, a heat pump uses a small amount of energy to reverse the process by pulling heat from a low temperature area, a "heat source" like the ground or air, to a "heat sink" like your house. Since heat is simply being transferred instead of being created by burning fossil fuels, a heat pump is more efficient an more green than a conventional heating and cooling system.
A water softener is a peace of equipment used to convert "hard" water to "soft" water. This is accomplished by pumping magnesium rich water into a water softener where it is surrounded by negatively charged beads that attract the positively charged magnesium & calcium. Next the sodium ions are injected into the water, which "softens" the water that is then pumped into your household plumbing. The problem with magnesium and calcium enriched "hard" water is that it doesn't allow soap to fully dissolve, which allows the soap to congeal on surfaces, fabrics, and skin creating a film.
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