Geothermal
FAQ

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Geothermal heating and cooling utilize the Earth’s natural heat to regulate indoor temperatures. A geothermal heat pump extracts heat from the ground during winter for heating and transfers heat back to the ground during summer for cooling. This is achieved through a loop system buried in the ground.

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While the cost is subject to vary based on heat loss, equipment selection, scope, and site conditions, here are some budgetary figures based on the several other installations we’ve completed.

* Subject to the following: A single GSHP for forced air heating and cooling, Heat Loss Calculations, Project location, Drilling conditions (if required) and Scope.

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Yes, geothermal is more costly, but it’s also the most efficient. With natural gas systems, there is an ROI of 0, as the replacement value is 100% vs geothermal at approximately 50%. Air source heat pumps are more cost efficient up front, but have greater utility costs throughout the system life.

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Geothermal systems require a ground loop to be installed, this is considered the premium of these systems. However, this ground loop allows you to harvest the earth’s temperatures for the life of the building. Ground source heat pumps also come with built- in cooling capabilities, so you’re ultimately purchasing a furnace/boiler, and air conditioning unit.

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Geothermal systems are highly efficient, environmentally friendly, and offer long-term cost savings. They have lower operating costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and are more durable than traditional HVAC systems.

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Envirotech Geothermal has been a leader in the industry for nearly 20 years. Our commitment to quality installations, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional customer service sets us apart. We prioritize sustainability, reliability, and energy efficiency. We are also one of the only companies in Alberta that designs, installs, and maintains geothermal systems.

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The installation is broken into 3 main components, ground loop (exterior work), mechanical installation and commissioning/startup (interior work). The duration depends on factors like system size, scope of work, and system complexity but typically ranges from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Geothermal Ground Loops – Difference Between Horizontal And Vertical
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Geothermal systems are versatile and suitable for all residential, commercial, and industrial properties

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Geothermal systems require minimal maintenance. Regular checks on the heat pump, loop system, and air filters are recommended annually. Envirotech offers maintenance services to ensure optimal system performance.

Post Geothermal Installation System Service
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Geothermal systems significantly reduce carbon emissions, reliance on fossil fuels, and environmental impact compared to traditional HVAC systems. They contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable future

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Yes, many governments offer incentives, tax credits, and rebates for installing geothermal systems. Envirotech can assist customers in identifying and applying for available incentives. Visit our website to learn about the incentives.

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Geothermal systems are highly energy-efficient, providing a cost-effective alternative. They can cut heating and cooling costs by up to 70%, leading to significant long-term savings for homeowners and businesses. Omitting the natural gas connection will also save you money each month.

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Envirotech offers various geothermal system configurations, including open-loop and closed-loop systems. Our experts assess customers’ needs, property characteristics, and budget to recommend the most suitable system.

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Geothermal systems can often be retrofitted into existing properties with modifications. Envirotech specializes in assessing the feasibility of retrofitting and providing customized solutions for seamless integration.

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Envirotech Geothermal stands behind its installations with comprehensive warranties. Our customers receive warranties on both equipment and workmanship, and our dedicated support team is available to address any issues promptly.

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Geothermal systems are adaptable to various climates, but specific considerations like soil composition and available land may vary. Overall, it comes down to design. The higher the heating load of a building, the more ground loop required. Envirotech’s experts conduct thorough site assessments to ensure optimal system performance based on local conditions.

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Geothermal systems provide stable, long-term energy costs, offering a hedge against volatile energy prices. Customers benefit from consistent, reliable heating and cooling without being as affected by global market fluctuations that impact fossil fuels.

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Envirotech Geothermal takes pride in a portfolio of successful installations across various sectors. Our case studies highlight real-world examples of energy savings, environmental impact, and customer satisfaction. Our customers are always happy to talk about their system, so when the time comes, we can make an introduction for you to hear first hand.

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Envirotech understands the financial commitment of geothermal installations and collaborates with customers to explore financing options. We can help connect customers with financing programs or provide guidance on available incentives.

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Envirotech is committed to staying at the forefront of geothermal technology. Our team regularly undergoes training, and we actively seek out and implement the latest innovations to ensure our customers benefit from state-of-the-art solutions.

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One common misconception is that geothermal systems are only suitable for specific climates. In reality, they can be effectively deployed in various climates, and Envirotech’s expertise ensures optimal system performance in diverse conditions.

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Envirotech is dedicated to providing ongoing support post-installation. This includes regular maintenance services, assistance with any issues, and guidance on maximizing energy efficiency for the long term.

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Prospective customers can easily reach out to Envirotech Geothermal by visiting our website, where they can find contact information, submit inquiries, or request a personalized quote. Our knowledgeable team is ready to assist with any questions or concerns.

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The payback period for a geothermal system is typically around 5 years in a high efficiency home, ~10 years on a new build, and ~12-15 years on a retro-fit, depending on factors like energy prices, incentives, and property characteristics.

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Geothermal systems can integrate with existing ductwork, making them compatible with traditional forced-air distribution systems.

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Envirotech conducts a thorough assessment of the property’s heating and cooling needs, considering factors like insulation, windows, and local climate, to recommend the appropriately sized system. Through our Design, Scope, and Quote process, we’ll learn about the customers wishes, and the home requirements to ensure the most energy efficient, and cost efficient system is installed.

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Envirotech employs drilling techniques that minimize environmental impact. We adhere to industry best practices to ensure responsible and sustainable geothermal installations.

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Envirotech has a streamlined warranty claim process with our supplier, Geosmart Energy. Customers can contact our support team, and we’ll promptly assess and address any issues covered by the warranty.

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Geothermal systems enhance indoor air quality by reducing the need for combustion-based heating. They also eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide leaks associated with traditional systems. We’ve even had customers notice an improvement in their eczema symptoms.

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Geothermal systems significantly reduce carbon emissions compared to traditional HVAC systems. Envirotech can provide estimates on the carbon footprint reduction based on the specifics of the installation.

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Geothermal systems can be configured to provide hot water heating; however, we often install air source domestic hot water tanks due to their greater efficiency. This can further increase the overall energy efficiency of the system, contributing to additional cost savings. Contact our team to learn more about these water tanks, and the cost.

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Envirotech works closely with local authorities to ensure all installations comply with regulations and building codes. We offer to handle the permitting process to streamline the customer experience.

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Regular maintenance, prompt repairs, and proper usage contribute to the longevity of geothermal systems. Envirotech provides guidance on best practices for customers. The most critical component is to ensure your air filter is cleaned more regularly.

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Geothermal systems are compatible with radiant floor heating, providing an efficient and comfortable heating solution. This combination enhances energy efficiency and comfort. Radiant heating is also comfortable in garages for the snow melt, and to check the box on permit requirements for secondary living suites.

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Envirotech maintains communication with customers through newsletters, educational resources, and periodic check-ins. Our goal is to provide ongoing support and keep customers informed about the latest developments.

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Envirotech assesses water quality and ensures that open-loop systems are designed to meet specific requirements. Water quality considerations are an integral part of our installation process. Open loop systems typically require a source well with 3GPM / ~500 sq ft of heated space, and a reject well that is capable of accepting the same. There are strict requirements laid out by Alberta Environment & Parks for water wells.

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Studies suggest that geothermal installations can positively impact property value due to the sales feature of having lesser utility costs, and a more energy efficient and comfortable home.

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Envirotech follows environmentally responsible practices for the disposal and recycling of old HVAC systems, ensuring that components are recycled or disposed of properly.

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Geothermal systems are well-suited for commercial and industrial settings. Envirotech has experience addressing the unique challenges and advantages associated with larger-scale installations. Envirotech also has solutions to minimize the up front costs associated with these larger systems.

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The geology of a region can impact the feasibility of geothermal installations; however, it has minimal impact on smaller projects. Envirotech conducts thorough geological assessments to determine the most suitable system configuration for each property.

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Geothermal systems are designed to perform efficiently across seasons, and to provide 100% of the heating load requirements without the need for supplementary heat. Envirotech optimizes installations based on climate considerations, ensuring reliable operation year-round.

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Geothermal systems can be adapted for urban installations with limited green space. Envirotech customizes designs to maximize efficiency in urban settings, typically by utilizing vertical ground loops drilled with drilling rigs.

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Envirotech adheres to environmental regulations for the disposal of drilling mud or fluids. We use eco-friendly (non-hazardous) drilling fluids and follow best practices for disposal.

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Envirotech is committed to customer satisfaction. We maintain open communication, provide transparent information, and offer ongoing support to address any concerns.

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Geothermal systems can be integrated with solar energy systems for a comprehensive renewable energy solution. This combination enhances sustainability and reduces reliance on the grid.

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Envirotech collaborates with customers and local authorities to navigate land use and zoning restrictions. We ensure compliance with regulations and work towards finding suitable solutions.

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Proper insulation and building materials is crucial for the efficiency of geothermal systems. Envirotech assesses insulation levels and provides recommendations to optimize energy performance. The lower the heating load, the smaller the geothermal system, and the more cost efficient geothermal system.

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Geothermal systems can efficiently heat pools, hot tubs, or even cold plunge pools, offering energy savings compared to traditional heating methods. Envirotech can design systems specifically for pool heating applications.

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We have customers that are able to cool their theater room, while heating the remainder of the house. When there are a lot of people in your home, and the home experiences high internal heat gains in the winter, you can utilize the cooling mode on the system. This is because all of the mechanical equipment is housed in the mechanical space, rather than outdoors.

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Envirotech prioritizes safety during all phases of installations. Our crews are trained in safety protocols, and we take measures to minimize any potential risks to the property.

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Geothermal systems complement energy-efficient building designs. Envirotech collaborates with architects and builders to integrate geothermal solutions seamlessly into energy-efficient construction projects. In many cases, geothermal is required in order to achieve energy efficiency targets.

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Factors such as system design, equipment selection, and proper installation influence the efficiency of geothermal heat pumps. Envirotech’s expertise ensures optimal performance by addressing these key factors.

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Envirotech communicates openly with customers about any unexpected challenges or changes during the installation process. We work collaboratively to find solutions and keep customers informed.

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Geothermal systems can be integrated with smart home technologies. Envirotech offers options for remote monitoring, control, and integration with popular smart home platforms.

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Property size can influence drilling depth and loop length. Envirotech assesses property characteristics to determine the optimal configuration, ensuring efficient and effective installations. Generally, most geothermal bore holes in Alberta are drilled to a depth of 250-492′.

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Envirotech actively monitors changes in local regulations, and volunteers their time and expertise on various committees such as Canadian Home Builders Association, WCGeo, Lakeland College Energy Advisory Board, etc. This knowledge ensures that our installations consistently adhere to the latest requirements, providing a seamless experience for customers, and maintaining the integrity of our industry.

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Envirotech works with customers to address landscaping or hardscaping modifications needed for geothermal installations. We aim to minimize disruptions and restore the property to its original grade.

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Absolutely, geothermal systems complement energy-efficient features like windows, and other high performance building products. Envirotech considers these factors in the design process, enhancing overall energy performance and efficiency. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure lower heat loss.

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