Some Geothermal questions....NJ
I'm VERY loosely considering replacing my HVAC system with GT, but I can't really seem to understand the pricing or sizing. My heating and AC bills run so high I can't take it anymore. We stll have the original furnace and AC that came with the house when it was built 11 years ago, and they are operable, but not efficient and who knows how much life they have left.
It seems that the incentives in NJ (if I am reading the site correctly) are chump change
Home is about 2600sf at the Jersey Shore, just a few blocks from the bay, but we are elevated enough to have a basement. Is NJ a good area for GT? How many tons do I need? I currently only have 1 zone for heat and AC, but the house is 2 story with lots of open space and 2 story ceilings, so I don't know if I need 1 unit or 2. What kind of pricing am I looking at? I currently have forced air heat and of course the AC so there's ductwork. I have a well for my sprinkler system, so not sure if that can be used for the loop system too. Don't know if it's cheaper to run the surface loops or get wells drilled. Not even sure if I have enough land to do the shallow loops or not. Ugh, this is all confusing. I'm thinking the units I have are going to go sometime in the forseeable future (and I am sure they are builders grade units anyway) so it may be bettter for me to plan now and save some energy in the meantime. My heating unit is natural gas now. I can't afford this nonsense anymore!