About GeoExchange in Michigan

Frequently Asked QuestionsDoes Geothermal Make Sense in Michigan?Yes! Particularly in areas served by propane or fuel oil, with current tax credits, geo systems often pay for themselves in less than 5 years. Against natural gas R.O.I. may approach 10 years but geo can still make great economic sense.Why are more homeowners in Michigan switching to Geo?The latest geo rush began with propane prices passing $2.00/gal. Current tax credits make it even more attractive.High fuel costs and Michigan's inexpensive electricity make geo a great choice for many home heating needs.In summer months our systems don't sit idle, they continue to save homeowners' money on cooling and domestic water heating.What is the process for installing a geothermal system in MI? (licenses, registrations, etc)Michigan requires a mechanical contractor's license for all geothermal installations. The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) is recognized in the industry as the forerunner for installer certification (though it is not required by MI). New regulations/certifications have just been adopted for vertical loop installers.Installations may require the assistance of a licensed electrician and/or plumber. Installations require some or all of the following permits: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Well and DEQ.How else can Geothermal Heat Pumps be used in Michigan? Besides home heating, geo is used in Michigan to heat pools, domestic water, cooling and driveway/sidewalk ice or snow melt. It can be used in forced air heating/cooling systems as well as radiant heating systems. It also can be used for ice making and is currently being explored by the cities (Plymouth and Westland among them) for municipal ice rinks. From a single room with a console unit to a junior college in Lansing, geo can handle most any space conditioning need.Is an investment in a GHP system an wise option in MI?While geo makes sense in many regions, heating dominated climates such as Michigan combined with our low electric rates make for superior recovery of investment. Answers provided by: Joe Hardin of AMI Contracting - Howell, MIQuick FactsFederal Tax Credit: 30%State Tax Credit: Any available credits can be found at: dsireusa.orgOther Local Incentives: Utility company rebates can be found at: dsireusa.orgHow it worksSavings CalculatorFind an ExpertVideo Series[caption id="attachment_336" align="aligncenter" width="253" caption="Geothermal Heat Pump Savings Calculator"][/caption]DirtWe heat and cool with dirt. Geothermal is the reliable renewable. The sun doesn't have to shine, the wind doesn't have to blow.Have more to contribute to this page? Images, Video's, Advice? Please contact usvar host = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://secure." : "http://");document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + host + "wufoo.com/scripts/embed/form.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E"));var r7q0z5 = new WufooForm();r7q0z5.initialize({'userName':'kinertia', 'formHash':'r7q0z5', 'autoResize':true,'height':'395', 'ssl':true);r7q0z5.display();