You maybe surprised to know just how efficient and possibly more importantly, CHEAP, some houses can be to live in. A 1,4002 foot home in Hudson Falls, NY has been built to energy star standards and the stats don't lie. Last year it cost $210 to heat the home. There are many facets to the equation that make this possible and a geothermal system installation is a very important one.
There are many perks to having a geothermal heating a cooling system installed. They are quiet, both heating and cooling are combined into one unit, there is no risk of CO poisoning as there is no combustion occurring in the house and currently there is a 30% federal tax credit.
For hot water, a Navien, on demand boiler is installed. In addition to hot water, it provides auxiliary heat to the geothermal unit. It is needed in the event of subzero temperatures or a loss of power. Navien instant hot water units have the industries highest efficiency rating - 98%.
New construction standards and codes create houses which can create highly polluted environments. To combat this, various air exchange systems can be installed. In this house, we chose an air exchanger which also filters the indoor air with a HEPA filter - a Venmar HEPA 3.0 was installed.
To maintain a comfortable level of humidity, a humidifier is installed on the unit as well as a dehumidifier. Honeywell manufactures both units and we have setup the dehumidifier to maintain a certain relative humidity level in the basement - the source of most problems with humidity.
The controls installed are of the new Honeywell Prestige line with Redlink. In short, this system allows you to monitor your HVAC system from anywhere in the world with an Android device, Apple device or web browser. This setup even allows the homeowner to control the humidity level set in the house.