If you thought that we couldn’t find one more spot to dig a hole, pile some dirt, or make a general mess out of our yard, to you I say this: We have three acres. Don’t underestimate us.
Bad news for our property ever looking any prettier (I’m going along with what Lauren said… at some point it will all be covered in snow… that’s pretty) but it’s good news for having heat eventually. This was step three in our geothermal process, and here’s hoping step four happens before Thursday. (Step four being “turn the damn thing on so I can thaw out my fingers already.” It says that in the manual. Swear to God.)
Exciting! Yeah the day they were digging our trench I came home a lunch only to see a pile of dirt almost taller than my house! One question, why didn’t they doing this right after the bores were drilled? They did our whole install in only a few days.
So, that is an EXCELLENT question. We actually are DIYing the horizontal (and interior) part of the install. So our HVAC guy just did the heat pump (and ductwork) installation, and then we had drillers we’d worked with before do the wells. MysteryMan has been doing this kind of work at his day job, so we had some qualified help with the horizontal part (linking the wells together and bringing it all in to the pump.)
The thing about doing it piecemeal though, is that it’s taken way more time (the drillers took over a week… just left the rig in our yard and didn’t show up every other day AFTER not showing up for three weeks in the first place) and I’m not sure that it saved us any money. Quite the opposite probably, but this was not my project so I just rolled with it.
For all interior duct work, heat pump, and glycol installation we paid $12,000, and then $4500 for the wells. I think its a three-ton system, is that comparable with yours?
Woah, I need to remember to come back and check all of these comments I leave here.
Ah I see why it’s taking so long. This was one thing we left up to the professionals but we also did it in October and needed heat. Our system is 4 tons (and slightly undersized because we were limited by the existing ductwork) but we have a huge, leaky, old house. We’re going to be working on that and reducing our heating load even more. That’s a great price! In my experience HVAC installs higher than average around here for some reason but our total install was $22K. Ouch. But when we looked at it we needed a new furnace (it was on it’s last legs of life and costing us a fortune because it was fuel oil) and the air conditioner was broken when we bought the house so we needed a completely new system either way. Our propane split system quotes were around $10K. Then take into account the $6.5K tax rebate we got and the energy savings every month and we decided to go geo. Our geo system will saved us the difference from a propane system in only 4 years and will pay for itself completely in only 8 years.
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