Geothermal Why Exchange
Environmentally safe. Economically sound.
The reason is simple: geoexchange systems are the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning systems available1. Installing a geoexchange system is the single largest thing you can do to reduce the carbon footprint of your home, office, school, community centre, or any other building, with the added benefits of significantly reduced operating costs and a more comfortable environment. It’s good for the environment and your pocketbook, plus it’s simply a better, more comfortable system.
Why Burn Fossil Fuels When You Can Use Free, Clean, Renewable Energy From The Earth to Heat and Cool Your Home or Building
Applewood™ geoexchange systems work by moving heat, not burning fuels, which makes it highly energy efficient. For every unit of electricity put into running the heat pump, 3 to 4 units of heat from the ground are transferred into the building. That means a Applewood system is at least 350% efficient – that’s four times better than the 94% of the best “modern” high efficiency gas furnace. Applewood’s higher efficiency works to reduce greenhouse gases by up to 100%. And it uses R-410A, a non-toxic refrigerant that won’t contribute to depletion of the ozone layer. How much greener can you get? Nothing tops a Applewood geoexchange system.
It All Adds Up
With Applewood’s super efficient technology, energy consumption for heating, cooling, and hot water can be reduced by 50 – 70%, or even better in larger commercial applications. So, while the system initially costs more than a conventional one, that cost will be offset by significantly lower operating costs. As natural gas prices rise, which it is widely agreed they will, the payback periods will be even shorter. Essentially your Applewood system is like an insurance policy against the rising cost of energy.
It’s Simply A Better Way
- Really Small Carbon Footprint
Geoexchange systems can very significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Geoexchange systems do not directly burn fossil fuels to produce energy, so they generate far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a conventional HVAC system. Geoexchange is the most significant step you can take to enhance the energy efficiency of almost any building. According to data supplied by Natural Resources Canada and by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, if just 100,000 homes converted to geoexchange, Canada could reduce its CO2 emissions by 400,000 tonnes annually. That would be the equivalent of planting more than 90 million trees.
Geoexchange systems provide air through a building at a constant temperature. More air is circulated through the building creating better indoor air quality. Geoexchange also creates higher natural levels of humidity in the winter. These factors combine to create a more consistently comfortable work environment year round than is possible with conventional equipment, meaning increased productivity from your work force.
- Equipment Life
All the mechanics for heating and air conditioning are located within the building, meaning equipment is not being exposed to the harsh Canadian elements, as happens with rooftop units. This leads to longer equipment life and lower maintenance costs.
Since geoexchange is combustion-free there is no flame, no flue, and no risk from carbon monoxide. By choosing geoexchange to heat your building instead of conventional combustion systems, you are reducing negative indoor air pollution that can lead to harmful health effects and lower employee productivity.
- Improved Indoor Air Quality
Negative pollutants such as bacteria, mould, gases and particles can create health problems from dizziness to asthma. Geoexchange naturally eliminates many nasty pollutants by avoiding combustion and Applewood™ offers several filtering products1 that can help control air pollutants.