Archibald Heating & Cooling

Archibald Heating & Cooling .:. Geothermal





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The first Water Source Heat Pumps Installed in the Hudson Valley!

50 Years of Experience!

Our Geothermal Systems Work by Design,

Not by Accident!


Top Flight Trade Ally





8 tons of Pond Loop Geothermal

1-5 ton Water x Air Split System

1-3 ton Water x Water Space Heating and Domestic Hot Water

Claverack, NY Completed FRI22OCT10

Why Is Geothermal the Smarter Choice? Simply put, a Geothermal heating and cooling system is:

  • an investment in affordable comfort and,
  • an investment in the preservation of our environment for generations to come.

The secret of a Geothermal system's clean, efficient operation is the earth's ability to store heat. In fact, 47 percent of the sun's energy that reaches our planet is absorbed into the earth. That's 500 times more energy than all of humanity would need in a year! And it's an unlimited source of energy.

Installing a Geothermal system in a typical home is the environmental equivalent of planting 750 trees—or taking two cars off the road. That's because Geothermal systems don't burn fossil fuels, and they don't emit carbon dioxide, which has been associated with the greenhouse effect and global warming.

The Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium says current geothermal systems save more than 14 million barrels of crude oil every year. And because the only energy needed to run geothermal systems is a small amount of electricity, they reduce the need for new coal-powered electric power plants. Result? Cleaner air and less acid rain.

A Major Advantage: Four Times the Efficiency

A Geothermal system uses the Earth's thermal properties in conjunction with electricity to provide unprecedented efficiency. For every unit of electricity the system uses, it provides four units of heating energy, giving a geothermal system a 400 percent efficiency rating, on average. These numbers can translate into real savings on your utility bills year-round.

The Geothermal Advantage

When you invest in a Geothermal system, you can be assured that you're receiving the highest-quality, best-performing heating and cooling system available. Here are some of the benefits of Geothermal ownership.

Lower Operating Costs

A Geothermal system operates more efficiently than ordinary heating and air conditioning systems—30 to 60 percent more efficiently, in most cases.


Because a Geothermal system uses the relatively stable temperature of the earth as an energy source, you're assured of constant, even winter heating and better humidity control in summer.


With a Geothermal system, there are no flames, no flues and no odors. There's no danger of combustion, fire or carbon monoxide poisoning, either. What you get is safe, reliable operation year after year.

Clean Operation

A Geothermal system minimizes environmental threats linked to fossil-fuel burning, including acid rain, air pollution and the greenhouse effect.

Quiet Operation

A Geothermal system is designed and manufactured to be exceptionally quiet. It'll run at least as quietly as your refrigerator or freezer.


A Geothermal system provides heating, central air conditioning and hot water, all from the same compact unit.

Economical Water Heating

Water heating can be a significant energy expense. A Geothermal system can reduce the high cost of water heating by as much as 66 percent.

Good Looks

The completely self-contained indoor Geothermal system needs no noisy, unsightly outside condensing unit. Your neighbors won't have any cause for complaint.

Great Warranties

In the unlikely event of a service problem, Geothermal systems are backed by the industry's best 10-year parts and labor warranty.


The Industry Standard:

Proven Technology or a "trophy"

Geothermal Tecchnology is by no means recent technology. Water source heat pumps have been around for a long time. Tried and true methods of installing the water source heat pump are engineered to provide true energy efficiency and durable, long lasting performance.

In recent years with the cost of installing a geothermal system on th rise, many companies are looking for ways to cut the up-front installation costs. These methods can be very costly in the long run. All heat pumps are rated on energy efficiency by one method. SEER and EER are the miles per gallon ratings that govern the water source heat pump.

A 13.00 SEER geothermal system will operate more expensively than a 21.00 SEER conventional system. An installion company that is not offering higher efficiencies in the geothermal system are not offering energy efficient systems.

All consumers who are considering Geothermal Technology are seeking energy efficiency from their new system. Systems that are installed outside the parameters of standard engineering practices will not provide the energy efficiency and long lasting durability these systems can provide.

At Archibald Heating and Air Conditioning, we adhere to the strict standards set-forth by the equipment manufacturers. These standards have been created to insure the equipment operates as advertised. When these standards are not followed, the installed systems will provide decreased efficiency, higher operating costs, decreased equipment life-span and higher service costs.


Some of the factors that contribute:

Loop design and piping:

Digging a hole in the ground and "Dropping some pipe in there is not a recognized industry standard. Piping that has no spread on the piping installation will not operate as efficiently as properly installed piping loops.

The closed loop chilled water system. Commonly applied to commercial applications with large chillers. These systems can be used for applications with multiple fan coils in remote locations




The vertical bore loop piping system, by far the most efficient way to install loop piping. Drilling holes far down into the ground provides the most stable ground temperatures, thus providing the best efficiency. These systems are more expensive to install, the cost of well drilling, the cost of grouting the wells once the piping is installed. These are the associated costs, but they provide the most efficient piping system. Most manufacturers will warranty the piping systems for long periods if installed properly by certified loop pipers.



Example of Horizontal Loop Piping (5 tons) located in Saugerties, NY












The horizontal loop piping system. These systems can be less expensive to install because there is no need to drill bores in the ground down to 200-300 feet. These systems are a little less efficient because they are affected by ground temperatures which can fluxuate during seasonal extremes. These systems are best suited to properties which have open expanses of ground, which can be dug in easily. Average trench depth is 6'.



Four Tons of Residential New Construction Ground Source Heat Pump







Oil & Propane Prices

Heating Oil:
$2.199 gal.
*Price only available to customers with service contracts & agreements Prices subject to change.

$2.199 gal.
*Price only available to existing customers, new system installations & customers with service contracts & agreements. Prices subject to change.

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