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The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.

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Five Good Reasons To Choose A Geothermal Heat Pump

by Kent George

A heat pump might not be the first type of heating system you think of when considering an upgrade to your mechanical systems. However, this type of system both heats and cools your home by making use of the naturally heated and cooled air located just below the surface of the ground outside your house. Using the earth's natural heating and cooling properties is just one of the many good reasons to consider adding a geothermal heat pump to your home.

Benefits of installing a geothermal heat pump

1. One system handles both heating and cooling. A heat pump handles both heating your home in the winter and cooling it in the summer. When you opt for a heat pump, you don't have to purchase a separate furnace and air conditioning system.

2. A heat pump uses the earth's natural heat and cooling properties to heat and cool your home. Because a heat pump works by transferring air that is naturally heated and cooled by the earth outside of your home, this type of system uses fewer natural resources than a traditional furnace or air conditioning system. This makes it kinder to the planet and helps to reduce your family's carbon footprint.

3. A heat pump is generally less expensive to operate. Because it uses less electricity or natural gas to generate heated and cooled air, a heat pump is virtually always less expensive to operate. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household can take as much as 30 to 40 percent off of their energy bill.

4. Heat pumps are included in the current federal energy-saving tax credit program. Another good reason to purchase and have a geothermal heat pump and have it installed before December 31, 2016 is the money you can save on your taxes. The current program gives homeowners a credit equal to 30 percent of the cost of the system and the installation for both primary and vacation homes. Unlike the previous tax credit program, you can add the heat pump to both new and existing homes. Since not all systems qualify for the credit, it's a good idea to consult a good heating and cooling contractor before you purchase a system.

While a heat pump isn't necessarily the right choice for every homeowner, this type of heating and cooling system is energy efficient, can help you save money on your electric or gas bill and can even help you qualify for a federal tax credit.

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