1st winter with geo-thermal heat
I am in upstate NY. 1st winter with my system. Installer out of business because of fire. Have another dealer coming next week to familiarize himself with my installation for any future warranty/service work needed. Thought I would ask you folks what to expect. I have 2 waterfurnace envision units on a closed horizontal loop. Currently, considering wind chill, it is about 5 degrees outside. Both units are running at stage 1. They run for about 30minutes, and shut off for 7-10minutes. keeping the temp at 71 degrees. I assume that since they are staying in stage 1, things are doing fine. Given the outside temp, is it " normal "for them to run nonstop for 1/2 hr. Thanks for your help. RS
First winter with high electricity bill.
We just moved into our new house with an envision geo-thermal heating unit, 5 ton system for a 2300 sq. ft. ranch house in Central PA. Our first electricity bill was $410 for December, today we got the bill from Dec. 24 to Jan. 25 and it was $379. I am shocked! Is this normal? We keep our house pretty much at 64 the whole day, in the evening we start a wood fire to heat the house up to 70. Our unit pretty much runs on stage 1 for about 10 minutes at a time, off for about the same time. How do I know if the auxiliary heat come on? I have an intellizone control panel. Any help or suggestion?
More details on the house
We moved into this brand new house in November, so we only have two month worth of electricity bill. Our house is only electric, so everything runs on electricity. All our appliances are brand new, energy star qualified. The only old thing in our house are 2 old TVs from about 2000.Our utility rate is 12.97 cents per KWH, total rate ($371/2861KWH used = 12.97). Our house has an unfinished basement and an unfinished full attic. We have insulation of at least R38 in the attic, at least R30 in the ceiling of the basement and at least R19 for the walls. All insulation is fiberglass mats. All our windows are w/Argon triple glazed, doors are w/Argon double glazed. Our house faces East with the side of the house facing South. We do get lots of evening sun, but the house is on a hill. I hope this helps. Am I being paranoid about the cost? The installer told us that similar houses in our neighborhood with geothermal have a total electricity bill of $200 in the winter. Did he not tell the truth?