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What is Geothermal?

Energy Bill Savings + Renewable Energy + No Outside Unit Necessary + Quiet Operation + Tax Rebates

What if there was an abundant source of free energy that was used to heat a house in the winter, cool a house in the summer and provide hot water all year round? Well there is, and it's called geothermal! Typical homeowners pay over 2/3 of their energy bill in heating, cooling, and hot water production. The biggest opportunity to save on your energy bill comes reducing the cost of these three items. A geothermal heat pump taps into the earth's thermal energy to provide up to 70% savings on utility bills. It operates similarly to a standard heat pump, though a geothermal heat pump exchanges heat with the earth instead of the outdoor air. Outdoor air temperatures can vary greatly from day to night, as well as from summer to winter, while the temperature just a few feet below the earth's surface stays an average of 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit year round. This makes the system much more efficient, thus saving you money every month.

Click here for a video that goes into more detail about the loop systems and how Geothermal works.


When retrofitting a geothermal system into an existing structure, every home is different; so when you call, we’ll schedule your free estimate. Your estimate will include an on-site evaluation of which loop system will work best for your home, as well as system location and requirements within the home.

For a new construction, a free Manual J block load calculation is performed to determine your entire homes' load requirements! If drilling is required, we’ll refer a company that will work directly with you to drill the holes for us to place the geothermal piping. If no drilling is required, such as in the case of trenches or pond loops, I’ll take care of everything associated with the geothermal piping. This will all be explained in detail at your estimate appointment. Once you decide to go ahead with your new system, we’ll line up Miss Utility, the drilling company or excavator as needed, pull the necessary permits and make a plan for installation.

Click here to see some pictures of an installation to see what you can expect.


In October 2008, geothermal heat pumps were added to section 2D of the Internal Revenue Code. This created a 30% tax credit for costs associated with qualified geothermal equipment ‘placed in service’ through the end of 2024. Property is usually considered to be 'placed in service' when installation is complete and equipment is ready for use. However, if the system is part of the construction or renovation of a house, it’s considered 'placed in service' when the taxpayer takes residence of the house. The credit includes the following:

  • 30% of total system cost
  • No limit to credit amount for 2009 and beyond
  • Can be used to offset AMT tax
  • Can be used in more than one year
  • Can be combined with solar and wind tax credits
  • Can be combined with energy efficiency upgrade credits

Be sure to ask for more information at your free estimate appointment.


In addition to installation and retrofitting of geothermal systems, Geothermal Scott Heating and Cooling works on all types of residential heating and cooling systems including, but not limited to:

  • Boilers; Gas and Oil
  • Solar Hot water
  • Furnaces; Gas and Oil
  • Standard Heat Pumps
  • In Floor Radiant
  • Heat Recovery Ventilators
  • Solar Swimming Pools
  • Solar Hot Water
  • And much more

We also offer service maintenance contracts for geothermal and all types of heating and cooling.


Geothermal Scott Heating and Cooling is proud to offer the following discounts to our customers:

  • Military Discount - 10% off labor

Be sure to ask about our discounts when you call!

About the Company

Geothermal Scott Heating and Cooling officially opened for business in 2014. I’m Scott Smith, the owner and Master HVAC license holder. I have over 40 years of experience in the heating and cooling world. My wife Ann is the CEO and the love of my life for over 40 years. We have two kids, a daughter and a son, and 4 grandkids.

We do geothermal right the first time, every time. To learn more about Geothermal, check out the 'Geothermal' tab on the main page, or give us a call on the number on the 'Contact' page. We look forward to speaking with you!

About Me

I started in the field of heating and air conditioning with my father’s business in Delaware. From a young age I would go to work with him to help out and learn. When I was 20 years old I went to work for a bigger company and gained a solid knowledge base doing service calls and ultimately promoting to service manager. As my father got older, he wanted to retire to Florida, so I took over his business in 1988. In the 10 years that I owned the business, I successfully expanded the company from a small, family owned operation, to a growing business with multiple employees and a customer base of more than 3000 people.

As my kids approached high-school age, we decided to move to Virginia for better educational opportunities. We arrived in Aldie, Virginia in 1998 and I started at R.A. Dobson as a service technician. After a year, I took a project manager position at Virginia Geothermal to pursue my interest in geothermal technology. Two years later, I took a job with Ancon Mechanical to better specialize in geothermal. For 9 years I worked as a service manager, until I had an opportunity to move to Southern Air Temp, where I earned my Master HVAC Technician license in 2009. I worked with them for 4 years as their lead service technician and service manager until I was ready to launch my own business.

Through the years as the companies I worked for closed for various reasons, the owners referred their customers to me and I was able to build a customer base of over 100 people for our Geothermal Scott’s official opening. I also work with many builders in the area to put geothermal systems in their new construction as well as retrofit systems in residential and light commercial buildings.


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