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Articles by Joanna R. Turpin
As more and more contractors consider diving into home-performance contracting, many are seeking guidance from numerous organizations that have the experience necessary to help contractors start and/or grow their HPC businesses.
With just three years left to encourage homeowners to invest in geothermal advances, manufacturers are pulling out all the stops by introducing new features on their GHPs, such as variable-speed technology and sophisticated controls, which they say will provide homeowners with better comfort, as well as lower energy consumption and operating costs.
This group, also known as Generation Y, was born between 1980 and 2000 and has a strong reputation for being tech savvy, environmentally aware, and cost conscious.
Each geothermal installation involves digging up a yard, laying hundreds of feet of pipe, and generally disrupting the lives of homeowners, but thanks to the innovative thinking of manufacturers and contractors, there are now new products and techniques that can enhance the installation experience for the homeowner, as well as the contractor.
Most utilities promote conservation by offering rebates for the installation of high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment and solar energy systems, but several are starting to think outside the box.
With installed costs starting at around $7,000, these are luxury items that not every homeowner can afford; however, contractors are reporting a surge in sales that they expect to continue for the foreseeable future.
Customers looking to invest in more expensive heating and cooling systems have numerous options from which to choose, and most will result in better comfort and efficiency. But for that rare homeowner for whom money is no object, contractors may want to suggest manufacturer-recommended “dream” systems, all of which offer exceptional comfort, whisper-quiet operation, and super high efficiency.
While all the homes in Meadow Ranch are extremely energy efficient, one stands out, as it not only achieved LEED Platinum certification, but it served as a test home for a new air-to-water heat pump.