If you are thinking about investing in a geothermal system, as opposed to a standard heating and cooling system, then you’ve probably done your research. Geothermal systems are long-lasting, efficient, and in the long-term, great for your bank account.
Look for Someone with Experience
This seems fairly obvious, but when it comes to geothermal heating especially, experience is key. When searching for a contractor, ask yourself, “Are they certified? Are they an expert in their field? Do they have good customer reviews? Are they new to the job, or do they have plenty of experience?” Typing “geothermal heating and cooling contractors” into the search engine and choosing at random might not be the best course of action.
What is a geothermal system?
A geothermal system uses the internal heat of the earth and a system of pipes to transfer heat from the ground to your home. It lasts far longer than your typical temperature regulation units and provides many benefits that cannot be obtained using any other system.
The system is comprised of three parts, the heat pumps, the loop field, and the distribution system. Any reports of a geothermal system not performing well are probably due to a poorly designed system. Proper sizing and layout is absolutely necessary if you want to get the maximum results from your new system. This is why you need a fully-trained contractor for installation.
To make sure you get a qualified contractor, there are several questions you should ask before hiring one.
Questions You Should Ask Your Potential Contractor
1. Is your work guaranteed?
Ensuring that your contractor will stand by their work and guarantee a safe place for your money is very important. Long-term investments are just that – long-term. Therefore, your contractor should be willing to warranty the system.
2. Do you have credible references that will vouch for your work?
If your contractor cannot provide you with at least three references, consider that to be a red flag. Similar to hiring on an employee, you want to be sure that your contractor is reputable and trustworthy. Look for a base of satisfied customers.
3. Are you IGSHPA certified?
IGSHPA stands for “International Ground Source Heat Pump Association.” Take note of whether or not your contractor has obtained their IGSHPA certification.
4. How much of your work is specific to geothermal systems?
Your contractor’s geothermal work as compared to their other work should be growing constantly. Look for someone who spends at least 50% of their time working with geothermal systems.
Geothermal energy provides a long-lasting alternative to traditional HVAC systems. Check with a reputable installer and learn if this type of heating and cooling is right for you.