This young couple wanted their home to be comfortable and healthy since the wife works from home and they've started their family. Their home was built in 1952, and it sits on Governor Bond Lake. In the spring, summer, and fall the homeowners spend most of their time outside entertaining friends and enjoying the lake, so they wanted to get rid of their old, rusty, outdoor unit to improve the look of their outdoor living space. Because they are still in the early stages of homeownership, it was also important to the family that they would have the flexibility to add a pool sometime in the future without disrupting their loop field.
This home has an Ecobee Wifi thermostat, and washable 1” electrostatic filters for both the house and shed. New ductwork was added in some rooms and the basement, along with spray foam and cellulose insulation. Spray foam insulation on the floor joists keeps the basement at a more comfortable temperature. The unit in the house utilized a horizontal racetrack loop field and directional bore headering to protect the landscaping and to eliminate interior piping. The unit in the shed used directional bore loops (200’ coils). Five years after installing geothermal, they added PV solar panels.
Average cooling costs in July:
Before geothermal: $220
After geothermal $89 for approximately 60% savings
With the addition of PV solar, the utility bills are close to $0.
Geothermal Installer: Ernst Heating and Cooling
Solar Installer: Zobrist Electric
Highland, IL (618) 654-2485