A few years ago, my partner and I invested in a gorgeous piece of household in Birmingham, Alabama, with the intention of building our dream home… My associate and I just love the combination of Southern charm and modern amenities; There is a easily exciting arts community, all sorts of shopping openings and amazing restaurants.
The section is undoubtedly focused on preserving the city’s natural beauty and outdoor spaces.
My partner and I are also undoubtedly environmentally conscious, then when we designed our new home, we prioritized efficiency, and our hope was to minimize our carbon footprint. My associate and I decided to install solar panels to handle the majority of our power needs and a geothermal heat pump to give for our heating and cooling requirements. The purchase and replacement of a geothermal heat pump is far more expensive than other temperature control options. There is a good deal of expensive excavation required to implement the underground loop system, however, the heat pump has few moving parts, is protected inside the home and can be expected to last upwards of twenty years. The underground loop is warrantied for fifty years and should give reliable operation for twice that, and due to the outstanding efficiency of the system, it has paid for itself in under five years. The geothermal heat pump takes luck of free and renewable energy available underground, then in heating mode, it delivers this heat into the home. During the summer, the operation is reversed and heat is pulled out of the house. The process produces four units of energy for every one needed to run the equipment, achieving a 400% efficiency rating. My associate and I also love a virtually free source of tepid water.