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How Much Does a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Cost?

A geothermal heating and cooling system has many advantages, not least the benefits to the environment through improving energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Calculating the costs before you decide to install this system can help to allay any doubts you may haveabout committing to such a large investment and ensure that you can fully appreciate the advantages this system has to offer.

Installation Costs

The costs of installation can be affected by a number of things, including the strength of insulation and double-glazing, the position of the house in relation to geothermal currents, and the style of geothermal pump you wish to have installed. The cost of the actual pump is calculated at £2,500 per 1 ton of capacity, and most homes will require around 3 tons. In addition to this, there are the costs of drilling the hole to the right depths, and the man hours, meaning that a geothermal unit can cost between $20,000 and $30,000 to install. The government currently offers a $2,000 tax credit for the installation of a geothermal unit.

Running Costs

Geothermal units are considerably more efficient than other heating and cooling systems, and may save up to 70% of fuel costs. Users will recover their installation costs in between 5 and 10 years.

Fan Blades

Used with custom-designed and stock ceiling fans, fan blades operate in groups of 3 to 5 depending on the make and style of fan. Available in different lengths, finishes, materials and designs, fan blades, when rotating, churn up the air both indoors and out in order to generate a cool, comfortable breeze. Fan blades, in addition to being functional, also add a decorative quality to your home. Ceiling fans come in numerous designs, from very traditional to ultra-modern and everything in between, and the blades are responsible for a good deal of a fan's aesthetic.

Fan Blade Styles

Fan blades come in plain, ornate and technologically-advanced styles. The average ceiling fan blade is shaped like a paddle and is slightly tapered at one end. More ornate fan blade styles include those shaped like palm leaves and other intricate designs. Sail-shaped blades are also very popular. Contemporary ceiling fans often use propeller-shaped blades and other aerodynamic designs.

Materials

Fan blade materials include numerous types of hard and softwood, authentic woven leaves, lightweight metal and synthetic products as well. The most expensive fan blades are handmade or carved with intricate designs.

Fan blades in many cases are sold separately from the fan housing, allowing you to custom design your fan. However, complete fan packages are available with everything you need to get your ceiling fan up to speed.



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