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With 20 years of experience, the professionals at JBEnergySolutions are licensed, trained, and certified in all aspects of heating and cooling system design and installation. You can select JBEnergySolutions with confidence because we back our equipment and service with industry-leading warranties and technical support. We provide Geothermal consultation, design, and installation. Call us at 203-994-4522 for a free consultation and energy analysis.
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Geothermal


JB Energy Solutions’ Geothermal systems meet the requirements for a 30% Federal tax credit.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 makes available a 30% tax credit for qualified geothermal systems installed from January 1, 2009 until December 31, 2016. There is no maximum credit and all labor and materials associated with the installation of the geothermal system, including the wells, are included.

 

The geothermal heat pump must meet federal Energy Star program requirements in effect at the time the installation is completed.  The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence. Contact your CPA or the IRS for more information and to obtain the appropriate filing forms.

 


fotolia_1516413_xsThe most efficient heating and cooling solution is right in your backyard. Geothermal is the most efficient, green, reliable, and low maintenance heating and cooling solution available today. It is fast becoming the heating and cooling system of choice for new and existing residences as well as commercial building applications.  It is not a new concept as the technology has been used since 1960.

You can obtain heating, cooling and hot water using the world's most plentiful resource, the earth. By harnessing this stable energy source, you can get economical year 'round heating, cooling and even hot water heating.

Geothermal has many advantages:
- Up to 75% less in energy costsfotolia_1883011_xs

- Year 'round comfort including dehumidification

- Exceptionally quiet operation

- No open flame, no fumes or odors

- Fewer moving parts to wear out

- Environmentally sound technology

- Higher property values due

With 20 years of experience, the professionals at JBEnergySolutions are licensed, trained, and certified in all aspects of heating and cooling system design and installation. You can select JBEnergySolutions with confidence because we back our equipment and service with industry-leading warranties and technical support. We provide Geothermal consultation, design, and installation. Call us at 203-994-4522 for a free consultation and energy analysis.

Geothermal Is Efficient

Heating and cooling with geothermal heat pumps can easily cut energy bills by up to 75%. The only energy used in a heat pump system is for the system to run itself. The heating and cooling is done by moving heat energy from or to the earth, depending on the season. And the earth's energy is, of course, free.

Geothermal Is Low Maintenance

Geothermal heat pumps can be used for heating, cooling and hot water. Therefore, there are fewer systems to maintain. They require very little maintenance and are located indoors so they are out of the weather. They don't have fireboxes to get burned out, boilers to replace, or chimneys to keep clean.

Geothermal Is Green

Heating and cooling homes, schools, municipal, retail, and industrial buildings accounts for over 20% of all energy use in the United States. The vast majority of energy produced is through fossil fuels, which is, without question, a major contributor of pollution and greenhouse gases. Geothermal heat pumps are an environmentally friendly alternative as geothermal is a green energy source. Transferring energy to or from the ground requires some electrical energy to run a heat pump system, but the actual heat energy from the ground emits no greenhouse gas or pollution. Likewise, cooling a building by using the earth as a 'heat sink' has the benefit of being more efficient than traditional air conditioning systems. As a result, heating and cooling with a ground source heat pump creates significantly less greenhouse gas than the usual combustion-dependant alternatives.

Geothermal Is Reliable

Geothermal is a readily available source of energy regardless of geographic location. The energy available in the ground has the great benefit of being both plentiful and renewable.

Even when the air is frigid cold or uncomfortably hot, the temperature of the ground a few feet underneath the surface never varies by more than a few degrees. That energy in the ground in the form of heat slowly radiates from the earth's core and can be counted on to heat your building on even the coldest days. The earth also acts as a reliable heat sink for cooling buildings on the hottest summer days. The same heat pump system can efficiently manage heating, cooling and hot water.

Understanding Geothermal

The earth stores 47% of the solar energy making it a natural source for heat. A Geothermal heating and cooling system moves the heat from the ground into your home or office building using a heat pump. During hot summer months, the system simply reverses and moves the hot air from your home or building back to the earth to provide cooling. This process works twice as efficiently as traditional air conditioning systems.

The temperature in the ground is fairly constant year round, and that's the secret behind the efficiency of geothermal heating and cooling systems. That constant temperature - roughly 46 to 50 degrees - allows already efficient electric heat pumps to operate for even less, reducing the cost of heating by more than half when compared with a propane furnace, and a third less for cooling compared to conventional central air conditioning systems.  Geothermal systems harness the stable temperatures of the earth to provide a renewable source of heating and cooling throughout the year at substantially lower life cycle costs than conventional building heating and cooling systems.

fotolia_2229672_xsGeothermal is safe and reliable. You will be more comfortable than ever before. A geothermal system moves warm air throughout via a standard duct network. Because the system moves a larger volume of air, heat is more evenly distributed throughout and the initial cold air blast common with fossil fuel furnaces is eliminated. It's also a great comfort to know that you've reduced your energy consumption while using a renewable source - the earth. Geothermal means a cleaner interior environment because there is no soot from combustion, and increased airflow means increased filtration.

Installation Options

There are several options for installing a ground source heat pump. Factors that determine the design specifications include the size and layout of the property, local energy costs, size of the home or commercial building, energy load requirements, and underground conditions. Soil conditions dictate the amount of energy that can be stored in the ground and influence the system.  JBEnergySolutions can help you evaluate your site and suggest the most appropriate and cost-effective design for your situation. We are Connecticut’s leading Geothermal Contractor and Installer.

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In warmer geographic climates, a closed loop horizontal installation is effective as ground temperatures tend to be higher year round. In this type of installation, plastic pipe is laid in horizontal trenches at least four feet deep. The pipes can be installed straight or in loops resembling a big slinky - this requires deeper but shorter trenches, which can help in smaller yards.

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In the Northeast, a closed loop vertical system, in which u-shaped sections of pipe are installed in borings drilled 150+ feet deep, is the most cost effective with the least amount of maintenance. Ground temperatures remain steady at 50-52 degrees at 20-30 feet below grade. Vertical closed loop systems are useful in tight places or where the soil is very rocky or difficult to dig in. The number of wells and their depth depend on the size of the building.

geothermal-open-loop Another option is referred to as an open loop system. Here the heat exchange is done via groundwater withdrawn from a well rather than through a closed loop of piping. Heat is transferred from the water to the building via the heat pump, and then the water is reinjected into the groundwater aquifer via a second well some distance away. The disadvantages of an open loop system is that it requires a lot of maintenance and new supply and discharge wells must be periodically re-drilled.
geothermal-pond-loop In warmer climates there are some other options such as using a lake or pond as a heat source, but the three above are the most common options in most situations. There are also some interesting innovations in the technology of the heat pump equipment itself such as using the generated heat for hot water, hooking the heat pump up to in-floor radiant heating systems, and other higher-tech approaches.

Over the years, we have found that a closed loop system, one in which a fluid is circulated through a sealed loop buried in the ground to transfer heat to and from your home or office building, provides the best results. Open loop systems run the risk of introducing contamination into the equipment, tend to waste water, is subjected to the performance of the drilled wells, and requires more maintenance than a closed loop system.

When we install a ground loop we us a material specially designed for use in geothermal systems. When we build our loops, all joints are fused together resulting in a stronger, more reliable loop design than is possible with glued joints or mechanical fittings. The polyethylene pipe that we use has an estimated life span exceeding fifty years. A loop that is properly installed and not tampered with can outlast the life of the building it is serving. Each of our loops is designed for the specific job where it is being installed.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

hr-group_webThe heart of geothermal systems is the Heat Pump. The unit’s size depends on the square footage of the building and it looks like an average size furnace. Heat Pumps replace the fuel burner typically found in traditional furnaces, with a refrigeration system that converts heat from the earth into warmth for your home or commercial building. The Heat Pump works in reverse during the hot weather months to remove heat and keep interior temperatures to a comfortable level. Heat Pumps can be installed in a horizontal or vertical position. Geothermal systems do use electricity, however, the Heat Pump uses a lot less than other electric heating systems. A small amount of electricity is efficiently used for the Heat Pump to move heat already available in the ground. In fact, a geothermal system can do more than just heat and cool; it can provide virtually free hot water and superior home dehumidification.

hts_webTwo-stage Heat Pumps provide the most efficient heating and cooling systems available today, with EERs as high as 29.1 and COPS as high as 4.8. The two-stage design allows the unit to run at only 67% capacity most the time to maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level. When there's a demand for greater heating or cooling, such as during temperature extremes, the unit automatically and instantly changes to 100% capacity. This part load/full load capacity significantly lowers annual operating costs while increasing comfort. In addition to the full load/part load operation, a variable speed blower motor adds to comfort and efficiency with a multitude of operational modes. The blower motor automatically adapts to all applications. A hot water generator with built-in pump and CuNi coil are standard features that add value and efficiency.
Most units are easy to install, especially when they are replacing another forced air system. They can be installed in areas unsuitable for fossil fuel furnaces because there is no combustion, thus, no need to vent exhaust gases. Ductwork must be installed in structures that don't have an existing air distribution system. JBEnergySolutions can assess the specific requirements for installing ductwork in existing structures. We are Connecticut’s most experienced Geothermal Contractor and Installer.

We can calculate the heating and cooling load (heat loss/ heat gain) to guide equipment selection. Some new generation systems can be sized to meet optimum heating and cooling requirements without additional supplemental heat. Other models will supply 80-100 percent of the load requirements.

Geothermal systems can be added to an existing furnace. Split systems can easily be added to existing furnaces for those wishing to have a dual- fuel system. Dual-fuel systems use the geothermal unit as the main heating source and a fossil fuel furnace as a supplement in extremely cold weather if additional heat is needed. Your electric utility may provide special rates for dual-fuel installations.

Cost

fotolia_1643048_xsYour home or office building is sitting on free money.

Total installation cost depends on many variables: unit size, type and style of loop, modifications to existing ductwork, among others. And the initial cost is more than offset by operating cost savings, which could be as much as 75% of the current energy costs.

While the initial cost of a geothermal system is marginally higher than the cost of a comparable fossil fuel furnace with central air and hot water, the significantly lower ongoing operating cost will make up for the initial installation cost several times over the lifetime of the equipment. In fact, when the cost of the geothermal system is included in the mortgage, the combined living expenses for the mortgage, heating, cooling, and hot water will be less than for the same house with a fossil fuel system. In other words, the lower energy bill for a geothermal system more than offsets the higher monthly mortgage payment.