mail icon Get the latest news and stories about geothermal straight to your inbox.

    dandelion logo

    How Does Geothermal Heating & Cooling Work?

    Whether it’s a winter cold snap or a summer scorcher, the ground five feet below the surface maintains a constant temperature year round. This constant earth temperature is higher than average winter temperatures, and lower than average summer temperatures.

    Geothermal systems use this difference in temperature to transfer heat between your home and the earth with two key parts:

    A heat pump inside your home (usually in place of your traditional system)
    Buried pipe systems (called ground loops) circulate heat transfer fluid

    The heat pump and circulating fluid continuously transfer heat. During summer, the geothermal system draws heat from the air in your home and transfers it to the ground. During winter, it draws heat from the ground and transfers it to your home.

    Looking for a longer explanation?

    Check out our in-depth blog post on how geothermal works.

    Are You More of a Visual Learner?

    This Old House recently took an inside look at a Dandelion Geothermal installation in Albany, NY.

    SEE IF YOUR HOME QUALIFIES

    What’s the difference between Dandelion Geothermal and a traditional furnace?

    Energy Independent

    Tap into the endless heat below your yard. Never buy (or run out of) fuel oil again.

    Traditional furnaces require sourcing fuel, which is subject to supply and demand and impacted by the political landscape.

    2-in-1 heating and cooling

    One HVAC system to rule them all. Central heating, air conditioning, AND pre-heated warm water in one smart package.

    SomeTextAboutStuff

    Low Operating Costs

    Consistent pricing you can count on. No more negotiating annual delivery contracts or wondering how the news cycle will affect your heating bill.

    SomeTextAboutStuff

    Convenient

    More time, less hassle. Say goodbye to frequent maintenance visits, service calls, and heating deliveries.

    SomeTextAboutStuff

    Increases Your Home’s Value

    Invest in your home, and reap the rewards. Fuel & propane customers can save $1,000s on heating & cooling every year.

    SomeTextAboutStuff

    Hyper-Efficient

    Four times more efficient for less than you’re paying now. Higher efficiency = more money saved.

    SomeTextAboutStuff

    Safe

    No flames and no fumes. Furnaces have the potential to produce serious health hazards like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.

    SomeTextAboutStuff

    Renewable Technology

    Good for the planet (and your wallet). Home heating comes second only to automobiles when it comes to air pollution, and oil-burning furnaces consume more fossil fuels than diesel trucks.

    SomeTextAboutStuff

    Long-Lasting Equipment

    Reliable heating and cooling for decades to come. Geothermal heat pumps typically last 20 to 25 years, and the ground loops installed in the yard can last more than 50 years. Even up to 100!

    SomeTextAboutStuff

    Tax Incentives

    One more reason why 2021 is the best year to get geothermal. Qualify for generous federal, state, and utility tax incentives to lower your costs.

    SomeTextAboutStuff

    See Why New York Homeowners Love Dandelion Geothermal

    “We will never run out of fuel oil again and we no longer need to call around to get prices on oil delivery.”
    Matt V.
    Albany County
    “We love the central humidification. Not having to fill humidifiers every couple of days is great.”
    Sean D.
    Dutchess County
    “Each person I've been in contact with at Dandelion has been kind and attentive - their mission is clear at all times.”
    Carolyn M.
    Columbia County
    “It’s a no-brainer, economically speaking and for the planet.”
    Michael D.
    Westchester County
    “Couldn't be happier. Kids loved the AC this summer. Something we've never had before.”
    Stefan C.
    Sullivan County
    “What I love most about the system is that it is a steady heat. My parents even commented that the house feels warmer when they came to visit.”
    Kristan A.
    Saratoga County, NY
    “We paid nothing upfront and paid less our first year than we paid each year for oil.”
    Scott S.
    Saratoga County, NY

    How Much Can You Save With Dandelion Geothermal?

    Select which type of fuel your home uses below:
    Fuel Oil
    Natural Gas
    Propane
    Here is an example of a typical 2,500 square foot home in Cortlandt, NY with fuel oil heating and central air conditioning versus a Dandelion Home Geothermal Heating and Cooling System.
    Home Heating & Cooling Costs
    Fuel Oil & Central AC
    $3,408
    per year
    Dandelion Geothermal
    $1,827
    per year
    47% less expensive per year
    vs
    Home Heating Cost Savings
    Annual Heating Load (BTUs)
    94,664,410
    Fuel Oil Furnace
    $2,896
    Fuel Oil Usage (Gallons)
    877.50
    Price Per Gallon
    $3.30
    Oil Efficiency (15 yr old furnace)
    75%
    A portion of the predicted heating costs are due to electricity consumption of the furnace
    Dandelion Geothermal System
    $1,532
    Electric Usage (kWh)
    8,148
    Price Per kWh
    $0.188
    Heat Pump Efficiency (Avg. COP)
    3.4
    $1,364
    per year
    $114
    per month
    Home Cooling Cost Savings
    Annual Cooling Load (BTUs)
    27,656,620
    Central AC
    $512
    Electric Usage (kWh)
    2,722
    Price Per kWh
    $0.188
    Central AC Efficiency (EER)
    10.84
    Dandelion Geothermal System
    $295
    Electric Usage (kWh)
    1,569
    Price Per kWh
    $0.188
    Central AC Efficiency (EER)
    18.8
    $217
    per year
    $18
    per month
    Total Heating and Cooling Cost Savings
    $1,581
    per year

    47% reduction in Annual Heating & Cooling Costs with a Dandelion Geothermal System

    $132
    per month
    Here is an example of a typical 2,500 square foot home in Cortlandt, NY with natural gas and central air conditioning versus a Dandelion Home Geothermal Heating and Cooling System.
    Home Heating & Cooling Costs
    Natural Gas & Central AC
    $2,114
    per year
    Dandelion Geothermal
    $1,827
    per year
    14% less expensive per year
    vs
    Home Heating Cost Savings
    Annual Heating Load (BTUs)
    94,664,410
    Natural Gas Furnace
    $1,602
    Natural Gas Usage (Therms)
    1001
    Price Per Therm
    $1.60
    Natural Gas Efficiency (15 yr old furnace)
    92%
    A portion of the predicted heating costs are due to electricity consumption of the furnace
    Dandelion Geothermal System
    $1,532
    Electric Usage (kWh)
    8,148
    Price Per kWh
    $0.188
    Heat Pump Efficiency (Avg. COP)
    3.4
    $287
    per year
    $24
    per month
    Home Cooling Cost Savings
    Annual Cooling Load (BTUs)
    27,656,620
    Central AC
    $512
    Electric Usage (kWh)
    2,722
    Price Per kWh
    $0.188
    Central AC Efficiency (EER)
    10.84
    Dandelion Geothermal System
    $295
    Electric Usage (kWh)
    1,569
    Price Per kWh
    $0.188
    Central AC Efficiency (EER)
    18.8
    $217
    per year
    $18
    per month
    Total Heating and Cooling Cost Savings
    $504
    per year

    14% reduction in Annual Heating & Cooling Costs with a Dandelion Geothermal System

    $42
    per month
    Here is an example of a typical 2,500 square foot home in Cortlandt, NY with propane and central air conditioning versus a Dandelion Home Geothermal Heating and Cooling System.
    Home Heating & Cooling Costs
    Propane & Central AC
    $3,717
    per year
    Dandelion Geothermal
    $1,827
    per year
    51% less expensive per year
    vs
    Home Heating Cost Savings
    Annual Heating Load (BTUs)
    94,664,410
    Propane Furnace
    $3,205
    Propane Usage (Gallons)
    1,113
    Price Per Gallon
    $2.88
    Propane Efficiency (15 yr old furnace)
    90%
    A portion of the predicted heating costs are due to electricity consumption of the furnace
    Dandelion Geothermal System
    $1,532
    Electric Usage (kWh)
    8,148
    Price Per kWh
    $0.188
    Heat Pump Efficiency (Avg. COP)
    3.4
    $1,890
    per year
    $158
    per month
    Home Cooling Cost Savings
    Annual Cooling Load (BTUs)
    27,656,620
    Central AC
    $512
    Electric Usage (kWh)
    2,722
    Price Per kWh
    $0.188
    Central AC Efficiency (EER)
    10.84
    Dandelion Geothermal System
    $295
    Electric Usage (kWh)
    1,569
    Price Per kWh
    $0.188
    Central AC Efficiency (EER)
    18.8
    $217
    per year
    $18
    per month
    Total Heating and Cooling Cost Savings
    $2,107
    per year

    51% reduction in Annual Heating & Cooling Costs with a Dandelion Geothermal System

    $176
    per month

    See how much you can save with Dandelion Geothermal

    Upgrade to geothermal for $0 Down.
    Financing as low as $150/month.
    Get A Free Quote