Going Geothermal in Pennsylvania

Frequently Asked QuestionsDoes Geothermal Make Sense in the Keystone State?PA is an ideal place for a GHP (Geothermal Heat Pump) system. The cold winters and hot summers allow homeowners to efficiently use it for all heating and cooling needs. Drilling conditions are generally not bad, although some places may be more difficult due to hard shale or rock.Why are more homeowners in Pennsylvania switching to Geo?The recent 30% federal tax credit has made geothermal an attractive alternative. Lots of homeowners want to go green, but financially it can be difficult and expensive. Although Geothermal (also called GeoExchange) is a larger upfront investment, it has a pay back period between 5-10 years. Rising propane and gas prices also make geothermal more attractive. Ideal candidates are homes who currently burn propane or heating oil, its time to replace the gas bill. Its financially smart and environmentally wise.What is the process for installing a geothermal system in PA? (licenses, registrations, etc)Depending on your local township or county there may be a permit necessary. There is currently no state regulation or registration necessary. Contact your local contractor, they will certainly know. Aside from making sure there are no electric or gas lines beneath the surface, there is generally no hold ups.How else can Geothermal Heat Pumps be used in Pennsylvania? Snowmelting, pool heaters, refrigeration, green houses... geothermal exchange can be used for all of them.Is an investment in a GHP system an wise option in PA?There is no doubt about it. Some customers are more prime for geothermal than others... for example if you have a larger home with existing duct work and are currently heating with propane or heating oil, its almost a no brainer. Even small homes with little property are ideal for geothermal, the installations are easy and the savings are immediate. Answers provided by: Eric McKeever of EM Mechanical - Lehigh Valley PA $testimonial = $row['testimonial']." Installed by: ".$row['dealer']."";Quick FactsFederal Tax Credit: 30%State Tax Credit: N/AOther Local Incentives: Check with ContractorHow it worksGeothermal Savings 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.'; $output = ""; for ($i=0; $i";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();