For proper installation, Ground Source Heat Pumps and Air Source Heat Pumps require heating and cooling ductwork and a well insulated home. While ground loop installation requires yard space and can be disruptive, the Ground Source Heat Pump will not be visible once installed and will not change the look of your property.
Installing an Air Source Heat Pump is quicker and easier than a Ground Source Heat Pump but the units require outdoor space for the condenser and can be noisy when operating.
While Ground Source Heat Pumps are more expensive upfront, they often have a shorter payback period and provide a better return on investment since annual energy savings are significantly higher. A homeowner with a Ground Source Heat Pump in a 2,500 square foot house can expect to save $16,475.20 more
over the 20 year lifespan of both systems.
For an operating cost breakdown, view the operating cost comparison here