Guest Blog Post from Dandelion Energy


Should I buy or build? That’s the first question on the minds of millions of home buyers each year. 


When making this critical decision, your selection also has important green energy implications. While replacing existing appliances or updating a home’s HVAC system can be prohibitively expensive, new home buyers must buy new appliances, allowing them to make strategic selections that maximize return on investment. 


When building a new home, buyers should carefully consider their selections, understanding that many decisions have long-term environmental and financial implications that often go overlooked. 


Installing natural gas or other fossil fuel-burning appliances is a multi-decade commitment to finite resources that are becoming more expensive, less efficient, and incredibly consequential. 


Renewable energy and energy efficiency are increasingly becoming top factors for homebuyers, viewed as a long-term beneficial investment. According to a recent study by the NAHB, 9 out of 10 people buying a home would choose a house with energy efficient features over a cheaper, less efficient home.


It’s becoming more natural, and a priority for buyers to go electric, leveraging geothermal energy to perform climate control functions that keep homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer while minimizing cost, emissions, and health consequences. 

How Geothermal Works 

A geothermal heating and cooling system replaces a home’s air conditioning and heating equipment with an electric powered-heat pump and safe underground pipes that move the consistent ground temperature between the earth and your home. 

The ground temperature just five feet below the surface remains constant year-round, allowing a heat pump and circulating fluid to draw heat from the air in your home during the summer and transfer it into the ground. In the winter, the system removes heat from the ground and moves it into your home. 


This proven and established technology uses a home’s central ductwork and vents, and a heat pump will meet all of the home’s heating and cooling needs. 

Why Choose Geothermal Heating and Cooling 

Geothermal heating and cooling is a capable and compelling heating and cooling solution, especially for new home builders who don’t have to worry about retrofitting an existing home with a new HVAC system. Here are three reasons why you should consider it when building a new home. 

#1 Financial Incentives and Long-term Cost Savings 

Green energy solutions like geothermal may have had a higher sticker price than their fossil-fuel-burning counterparts in the past. But new financial incentives and long-term cost savings versus those of fossil-fuel based appliances have made now the best time to make a renewable energy purchase, especially in new homes.


The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 provides a 30 percent tax credit for geothermal projects installed before January 1, 2033. In addition, New York State offers a $5,000 tax incentive for geothermal installations. 


With home climate control consuming up to one-third of a family’s monthly utility bill, installing a geothermal heating and cooling solution can lower monthly energy bills, contributing to long-term cost savings that make renewable solutions more affordable to own and operate. The EPA explains that “geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective systems for heating and cooling buildings.”


With 90 percent of home buyers saying energy efficiency is essential when buying a new home, and renewable energy solutions increasing a home’s resale value by up to 7.1 percent, this decision enhances a home’s resale value when it’s time to move. 

#2 Environmental Impact  

Traditional home furnaces release 441 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. A Dandelion geothermal heat pump system reduces climate control-related emissions by up to 70 percent, significantly reducing a home’s carbon footprint. Each system installed reduces carbon emissions equivalent to removing eight gas powered cars off the road over the course of its 25-year lifespan.


For environmentally-conscious buyers, The Atlantic notes that “Getting a heat pump is one of the easiest ways for homeowners to fight climate change.”

#3 Enhanced Aesthetics and Improved Indoor Air Quality 

A geothermal heating and cooling system enhance a home’s aesthetic appeal, removing outdoor equipment, including AC air compressors. 


It also drastically improves a home’s indoor air quality. According to Harvard University’s School of Public Health, “natural gas used in homes contains hazardous air pollutants,” including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and other harmful pollutants.


In contrast, geothermal heat pumps circulate fresh air throughout the home, improving air quality and allowing occupants to live healthier lives. 

A Final Thought 

As mortgage rates rise and housing stock remains constrained, many potential buyers are choosing to build new homes, opting for the customization and personalization that comes with having a say in every design decision and functional flourish.


When making these important decisions, consider the multifaceted benefits of geothermal, including the long-term cost savings, environmental impact, and health improvements that prove that your new build is better with geothermal heating and cooling.


Interested in installing a Dandelion geothermal system for your Welcome home? Now through December 31st, 2022, you can claim a $2,500 off credit with Welcome. Contact us at hello@welcomehomes.com or schedule a free consultation today to learn more.

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