Geothermal Systems in Barron, Cumberland & Rice Lake, WI

GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM ENERGY COST SAVINGS COMPARISON CHART- “Conservatively” based on”normal” fuel costs

Geothermal Systems in Barron, Cumberland & Rice Lake, WI

Based on 3,500 square foot home. 76,600 BTU Heat Loss. 40,000 BTU Heat Gain. 4 Persons in a household for domestic hot water.
Fuel costs used are $0.042/kwh heating. $.082/kwh cooling. $1.10/therm for natural gas, $1.70/gallon for LP gas, and
16 SEER efficiency for an air conditioner.
Actual savings may vary. Dirks Heating and Cooling can provide you with a free and detailed analysis.

Annual Heating, Cooling, and Hot Water Costs for Geothermal System = $843.00
Annual Heating, Cooling, and Hot Water costs for Natural Gas = $2,355.00
Annual Heating, Cooling, and Hot Water costs for LP Gas = $3,787.00

Dirks can offer something no other dealer can!

Geothermal Systems in Barron, Cumberland & Rice Lake, WI

Gerry Winch

Unlike many contractors who have recently jumped on the “Go-Green” geothermal bandwagon, Gerry offers over 18 years of extensive training and hands-on experience in every aspect of geothermal heating and cooling systems. Having worked literally from the ground up with Geothermal installation, service & repair, and finally design and engineering, Gerry is one of the most respected experts in the region. He has solved many design problems inherited from under-trained contractors. Gerry has been the guest speaker at many Energy Fairs and Home Shows throughout the region. People find Gerry’s presentation both informative and useful, as he genuinely enjoys working with people explaining geothermal and answering their questions in terms they can readily understand.

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How Geothermal Systems Work

Throughout the year, outdoor temperatures fluctuate with the changing seasons. However, about four to six feet below the Earth’s surface, Wisconsin temperatures remain relatively moderate and consistent all year (about 50 degrees F, in WI). This is because the Earth absorbs 47% of all heat and energy from the sun that reaches the surface. A geothermal system circulates a water-based fluid through a buried loop system to take advantage of these consistent temperatures.


During the heating process, fluid in the loop absorbs heat from the earth. It is transferred to the unit located in the home. The geothermal system distributes the warm, comfortable air by either a conventional duct system or radiant heat system.

Geothermal Systems in Barron, Cumberland & Rice Lake, WI


For cooling, the geothermal system process is simply reversed. The warmer temperatures in your home are removed and transferred to the loop fluid. The heat in the fluid is deposited into the ground and the fluid is cooled.

Geothermal Systems in Barron, Cumberland & Rice Lake, WI


Geothermal is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the most environmentally safe, cost-effective heating and cooling system on the market.

The installation of one geothermal system is the environmental equivalent of removing two cars from the street.


Energy Savings:
Geothermal systems use a small amount of electricity to transfer heat to and from the ground to your home. In fact, it can produce three to four units of energy for every unit of electricity used to power the system. Even the best conventional system delivers less than one unit of energy for each unit it consumes. Homeowners typically experience an annual savings of 50 to 80% when compared to ordinary systems.

Quiet Operation:
Geothermal systems use the same principles that operate a refrigerator or freezer, and the units are just as quiet. There is no unsightly outdoor unit to disturb you or your neighbors.

Geothermal systems heat and cool homes evenly, eliminating the hot and cold blasts of air found with conventional systems. Geothermal systems also dehumidify the air during the hot summer months.

Clean and Safe:
Geothermal units do not use fossil fuels such as propane and natural gas. Threats caused by combustion are eliminated. No worries about flames, fumes, odors, or carbon monoxide.

System Lifespan:
Ordinary systems often require expensive regular maintenance for each unit – the furnace, the air conditioner, and the water heater. When properly installed, a geothermal system requires little or no maintenance beyond periodic checks and filter changes. Geothermal systems typically last more than 20 years if properly maintained.

Positive Cash Flow:
Geothermal systems will produce significantly cheaper utility bills and annual maintenance costs. The initial cost of a geothermal system can be tied into your mortgage or another form of low-interest financing option. The savings on your utilities easily cover the increase in your loan payment giving you the extra cash flow. A system will usually pay for itself within a two to five-year time span.


Geothermal Systems in Barron, Cumberland & Rice Lake, WIVertical Loop:
Typical loop installation where land area is limited. The loop installer drills vertical holes a depth of about 125 to 250 feet. U-shaped loops pf pipe are placed into the holes. The bores are then properly backfilled.




Geothermal Systems in Barron, Cumberland & Rice Lake, WIHorizontal Loop:

Installation option when adequate land is available. Horizontal loops are usually cheaper to install when compared to vertical loops. The loop installer uses a trencher or backhoe to dig one or more trenches. Each trench is at least 8 feet deep and lengths range from 100 to 300 feet, depending on the loop design and application.



Geothermal Systems in Barron, Cumberland & Rice Lake, WIPond Loop:
When a nearby body of water is available, pipe coils can be placed on the bottom to transfer heat to and from the water. A ½-acre, 8 ft. deep pond is usually sufficient for the average home. This option is usually less expensive to install than both ear




Guide to residential geothermal tax incentives

Geothermal Systems in Barron, Cumberland & Rice Lake, WI

The information in this literature is for general information only. The information is provided with the understanding that Enertech Global is not providing tax, accounting, legal or other professional advice. This material should not be used as a substitute for expert advice from a tax, accounting or legal professional.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act adopted in October 2008 allows for a 30% tax credit for costs associated with ENERGY STAR qualified geothermal heat pumps, as noted in section 25D of the Internal Revenue Code. The credit applies to geothermal equipment placed in service through December 31, 2016*.

*Equipment placed in service during 2008 was subject to a cap of $2,000. This cap was removed for geothermal heat pumps placed in service after December 31, 2008.

Click here to download a helpful tax incentive brochure.

While we always advise our customers to get their tax advice from their professional tax advisor, our Geothermal Expert, Gerry Winch can also help explain more general information on tax incentives and local utility incentives that may be available.

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Geothermal Systems in Barron, Cumberland & Rice Lake, WI