Sunday, July 13, 2014
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Going geothermal: Day Two

I came home last night to find the new heating/cooling unit in place!

Going geothermal: Day Two

The new equipment is in place! (That´s our new-ish hybrid water heater to the right.)
The new equipment is in place! (That's our new-ish hybrid water heater to the right.)

I came home last night to find the new heating/cooling unit in place!

For now (the ground loop will be a few days coming), it will generate heat via an electric coil if we want, but so far the wood-burning fireplace insert is keeping us warm enough.

The guys were going to haul away the old heater and air conditioner, but they saved it for us. My husband, who has welding and cutting equipment, separated the copper from everything else (you get a better price that way) and took it to a local metal recycler.  He got  $134. Our first payback from the new system!

The thermostat is in. Some of the replacement duct work is in. We’re on our way.

Click here for a Department of Energy website explaining geothermal.  We're getting a closed loop horizontal system.

Sandy Bauers Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
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GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

Sandy Bauers Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
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