Dandelion, a spin-off company of Google, is working to use your lawn to cool your home. Though geothermal technologies are nothing new, the widespread application from this project can cut down final costs and reduce our impact on the environment.
This eco-friendly form of heating and cooling relies on geothermal heat from the ground — geothermal emissions can regulate the temperatures in your home via a network of plastic pipes, thereby heating your home in the winter and cooling in the summer. Because it relies primarily on geothermal processes, this also significantly cuts down on greenhouse emissions.
Geothermal processes are primarily caused by the earth absorbing heat from the sun throughout the day. When night approaches, the air cools significantly faster than the ground. This latent heat from the earth dissipates much more slowly and can offer a more regulated environment if the correct technologies are employed to harness the energy.
Dandelion hopes to install this technology right in your front lawn. The company claims its new system has four times the efficiency when compared to your average furnace and nearly double the efficiency of your average air conditioner. This is all the more efficient if you utilize proper wall insulations that regulate your home’s temperature — in fact, you can save an additional 10 to 15% on your monthly heating and cooling bill just from installing proper attic insulation.
The new tech, however, comes with a cost. Estimates bring the final price up to around $20,000, more than the average homeowner is willing to pull out of pocket. However, most central air conditioners can reach up to $20,000 if the system is large enough. Luckily, the cost of the Dandelion Air will lower your heating and cooling bills by nearly 20% annually.
One of the best benefits of this new technology is that it’s quiet, making it more appealing for consumers that revel in silence. Additionally, this form of sustainable energy is easy to maintain is installed in homes that are already established — no need to build a new home or tear apart the old one.
While this technology might not be right for older homes or cities with low electricity costs, this eco-friendly technology is well on its way to establishing a stronghold in New York State by June 6.