Your energy specialist will design a budget proposal following your virtual consultation. This will include an estimated cost based on your energy needs and existing infrastructure. Our next step is to connect you with a local installation contractor in our network for technical site survey to prepare a final project quote.
*We can also design and install 6-ton and larger systems for homes with higher energy demand. However, a smaller portion of homes will require a system with this capacity. Capacity requirements can be reduced if the homeowner makes insulation improvements prior to installation.
Our listed prices reflect the installation of a horizontal loop renewable thermal energy system
Our current focus is to relieve rural homes of their reliance on expensive delivered fuels – that means we are very focused on horizontal loops. Our contractors do install vertical ground loops, but because this is a more expensive installation, we encourage you to speak to your energy specialist about this during your consultation so we can ensure this is the right option for you.
These are listed as base prices because they don’t reflect external variable project costs that may be necessary for homes such as electrical panel upgrades, the removal of oil or propane tanks, and ductwork modifications beyond the transition from the original furnace to the heat pump – these upgrades are not within our base scope of work because they are variables that must be confirmed through technical site assessment. We will advise you of those variables within our budget proposal.
Opting for different warranty levels or a renewable thermal hot water tank will also impact your upfront cost. These are project options that will be discussed further in your virtual consultation with our energy specialists.
See our FAQ page for more information on warranty and geothermal hot water.
Horizontal ground loops are installed parallel to the earth’s surface at a depth of 6ft. This kind of ground loop is a great fit for rural homes or large properties. A horizontal loop will typically require approximately 1000ft2-1500ft2 of area, per ton of installed loop. This gives us enough space for the loop and for the installation equipment to move around.
Vertical ground loops are installed perpendicular to the surface. They take up a smaller surface area but reach much deeper. Our drilling contractors drill boreholes approximately 3.5-5 inches wide to a depth up to 500ft deep to insert a vertical ground loop. This is very similar to how a water well is installed, except the boreholes are completely sealed. Homeowners opt for this method when they want to install ground loops on a smaller property or want an installation to affect the appearance of the land as little as possible, however vertical loops do come with a higher price tag.
A popular option for homeowners that may not wish to upset their existing landscaping is Horizontal Directional Drilling. This technique uses drilling equipment that is set up to drill on a horizontal plane at various depths. This is more expensive than the typical trenching excavation of a horizontal loop, but less cost than a vertical borehole system. In many cases the benefits justified the additional costs. Significantly reduced landscaping repair, and higher performing ground loops means lower system operating costs.