the best brand of
geothermal heat pump?
Question: I don't know how to choose a
geothermal heat pump brand or a contractor. Is there a significant difference between Waterfurnace
vs. Climatemaster or Waterfurnace vs. Geocomfort or is there a brand that you would recommend over
another brand? Also, do you have any suggestions about how to go about finding a reputable
There are many good brands of geothermal heatpump equipment out
there. If your geothermal installer is trained well and satisfies his customers, then chances are he has
selected a brand that best serves you as well.
This goes beyond price, a reputable geothermal brand will offer
training for the dealer and demand that the contractor measures up to their standards for quality, installation and
service. In short if the dealer takes care of you through service, then he is probably using a quality brand of
The best way to find a choice of geothermal
installers these days is through the web. I am familiar with the WaterFurnace site, www.waterfurnace.com.
There one could locate recognized dealers in their area by simply providing their zip code.
After your list choices, then you can
investigate how well they conduct business. Chances are all of these dealers install conventional heating and
cooling as well as geothermal systems. So you can ask for references.
If the dealer has a reputable job with his “standard” or “non
geothermal” customers, then chances are he will likewise have quality installments of geothermal systems as well.
Nothing beats an experienced geothermal dealer and I would weigh in how long he’s been in business and how
many systems he installed.
You need to find a contractor that will address all
of your needs. A complete survey of the house will be necessary due to its age and problems with her air
delivery system. It will take investigating but you will have to have your priorities
Other than installing geothermal systems, the contractor should
perform load calculations to determine the exact size of equipment you need. It’s easy to understand why one
would not want a system that’s too small but over sizing the system is likewise wasteful, unnecessarily expensive
AND less comfortable. Comfort systems are like clothes – it must fit.
I have been in the energy consulting and energy efficient home
design business for over 20 years. I have dealt with a lot of companies, geothermal installers, and
systems. When it comes to the best brand of geothermal heat pump, Waterfurnace vs. Climatemaster or
Waterfurnace vs. Geocomfort, I rate Waterfurnace first and Climatemaster second. Waterfurnace Geothermal is a worldwide
company, trains their installers to do it right, and provides great customer service.
I want to thank the following Waterfurnace representative for his
assistance in my research over the years.
Manager MS / AL / FL Panhandle
103 Carriage Lane
Madison, MS 39110