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Do I Need a Backup Heating System?

No! A properly designed geothermal system will provide all of your heating and cooling needs. There is no need to have fossil fuels for heating whatsoever. In many cases, our clients prefer to remove their fuel oil tanks, boilers and/or furnaces. Imagine being finally rid of unsightly tanks and condensers! Read More »
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How is a Geothermal Ground Loop Installed?

Although EnergySmart Alternatives has experience installing horizontal ground loops, most of our installations are vertical closed loop systems. There is a common misconception that horizontal trenching is always the cheapest method of installation. In New England, where bedrock is close to the ground surface and there are many rocks (and boulders!), Read More »
How Long Does it Take to Install a Geothermal System?

How Long Does it Take to Install a Geothermal System?

Retrofits can be expected to take 6 to 8 weeks from start to finish. Installations in new construction typically take longer due to the coordination and scheduling with other contractors. Each stage of a geothermal installation can be expected to take the following lengths of time: Permitting and Design – Read More »
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Case Study – Geothermal System Retrofit in Medford, MA

I would like to share the story of my own geothermal system installation. After buying the house, the first thing we did was to install a geothermal heating and cooling system. It is a 1,740 square foot single family home. The first step was to remove the 40 year old Read More »
Case Study - Geothermal Installation at Residential Rehab in Holliston, MA

Case Study – Geothermal Installation at Residential Rehab in Holliston, MA

The owner of this 2,900 square foot home in Holliston, MA suffered a fire during a renovation. As a result, the whole house had to be gutted. Removing the old oil heating system was part of the project. Geothermal was chosen as the new heating and cooling system. This home Read More »

How a Geothermal Desuperheater Works

How to Make Hot Water With a Geothermal System Many know that geothermal systems can make domestic hot water but no one seems to understand how it works. Very simply - geothermal systems have a compressor. Whenever the compressor is operating, there is waste heat produced in the refrigeration cycle.  Read More »
Leominster Geothermal Case Study Update - 1st Year Data is In!

Leominster Geothermal Case Study Update – 1st Year Data is In!

Leominster, Massachusetts Geothermal Case Study with 2012 Operating Data Hard to believe it’s been a whole year since we fired up the geothermal system in Leominster! You can read about the installation here. Right after Christmas in 2011, we installed a TED energy meter to monitor the geothermal electricity use. Read More »
Case Study: Oil Baseboard Heat to Geothermal HVAC Dover, MA

Case Study: Oil Baseboard Heat to Geothermal HVAC Dover, MA

The new owners of this home in Dover, MA wanted major renovations completed before they moved in. A 5-week construction time widow was given to the general contractor which included gutting several areas of the house. The renovation included the complete removal of the oil fueled hot water baseboard heating Read More »
Space Requirements for Geothermal in Massachusetts

Space Requirements for Geothermal in Massachusetts

In my travels, whenever anyone asks me what I do, I usually say, “I install geothermal heating and cooling systems”. Many times the person I’m speaking to then says, “Oh, I don’t have enough space for that”. Geothermal installations in Massachusetts do not require large swaths of land! I have Read More »
Case Study: Air Source Heat Pump to Geothermal Retrofit in Winchester, MA

Case Study: Air Source Heat Pump to Geothermal Retrofit in Winchester, MA

Rich and Alisa moved into their new home in Winchester, MA with the understanding that the existing heating and cooling system needed to be replaced. With no gas service on the street, they decided that neither oil nor propane were great choices.  Alisa contacted EnergySmart early in February. Within 10 Read More »