Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available, because they use the earth's natural heat to provide heating, cooling, and often, water heating.
ENERGY STAR certified geothermal heat pumps:
- are over 45 percent more energy efficient than standard options.
- now include water-to-water GHPs. Water-to-water GHPs provide space conditioning and/or domestic water heating using indoor refrigerant-to-water heat exchangers.
Through December 31, 2016 homeowners who install ENERGY STAR certified geothermal heat pumps are eligible for a 30% federal tax credit. Learn More.
Current Specification Effective Date: January 1, 2012
On average, ENERGY STAR certified products covered under this new specification will be over 45% more energy efficient than standard options. ENERGY STAR certified models are more efficient than models that simply meet the federal minimum standard for energy efficiency.
What else should I look for when buying a geothermal heat pump?
Remember, even though these products can be more expensive to purchase up front, the cost difference will be paid back over time through lower energy bills.
Consider regular maintenance of your heating and cooling system to prevent future problems and unwanted costs.