Although installing a geothermal system isn’t overly complicated, only a trained professional should attempt it. When done correctly, a geothermal system can provide years of low maintenance, high-efficiency comfort and unmatched energy savings. But incorrect sizing or installation from an unqualified contractor can negate any financial benefits through prolonged operation or repair costs and lead to other problems.
Tips for selecting the right installer
- Go with a pro - Hire only professionals who follow the procedures established by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA). Make sure the manufacturer of the unit has trained your contractor and the contractor has installed geothermal before.
- Check training credentials - Installers should be accredited by IGSHPA or be able to show training by the equipment manufacturer or from experts at industry recognized institutions.
- Ask for geothermal references - Reputable contractors should be able to provide references from customers who have had geothermal installed; be sure to call them to confirm they were satisfied with the product and the work the contractor did. Ask about their professional performance and if the job was completed on time and within budget.
- Expect a home evaluation - You should plan on an examination of your home. The contractor should check ducts, insulation and other features for energy efficiency. Software tools like GeoLink Design Studio ensure the most accurate analysis of your home and potential savings.
- Ask questions - Inquire about the contractor’s experience installing geothermal. Don’t hesitate to ask about the recommendations for your home. Ask if the contractor has installed a geothermal system in his or her own home or business.
- Get written estimates - Talk to multiple contactors and get a cost estimate in writing from each. Ask for a breakdown between labor and equipment costs. Be sure you are comparing “apples to apples.” If you have any questions, ask the contractor for clarification.
- Recognize that cheaper is not always better - You’ll spend many years with your system. Energy-efficient equipment costs less to operate every day and going with the cheapest price may cost more in the long run.
- Get a guarantee - Nearly everything you purchase comes with a warranty. Ask for a guarantee, in writing, on installation work as well.
- Insist on a written contract - Sign a written proposal before work gets started to protect both parties. Specify project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information.
Information provided by WaterFurnace International. For more information, contact Iowa WaterFurnace representative Rick Rockacy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (260) 442-2262