How Much Does It Cost To Install A Geothermal Cooling Active Heat Pump?


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Geothermal Cooling Active Heat Pump Costs

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A geothermal heat pump can provide heating and cooling for interior spaces, and for domestic water heating. Its operation depends on geothermal resources (water and ground temperature); and a ground-installed piping network; and in some cases pumping-access to large volumes of water.

The cooling active geothermal heat pump depends less on geothermal resource than other types because supplemental cooling and heating is included. Cooling active is most indicated where ground temperature is adequate.

You will find that the cost of an average geothermal cooling active heat pump installation varies by type of unit, its cooling and heating capacity, efficiency ratings, the extent of necessary ground-installations, special site conditions, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.

Geothermal cooling active heat pump: in a mild winter climate location, provide and install the complete system in a wood-frame single-story house of 2,800 square feet and in perfect state of preparation including compatible forced-air ducting and available electric outlets. Provide all related materials, supplies, transport, and equipment. Provide all finish-trim, final adjustments and clean-up.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Basic: install 5-ton cooling capacity to existing ground-installation piping network and forced-air ducting system and electrical circuit outlets. Include equipment, tubing, electrical, ducting modification, control wiring, thermostat, testing and balancing. $7,383 each 1 $7,383
Upgrade Moderate: additional to Basic, install equipment to additionally heat domestic water and provide 15 kW electric heating capacity. $1,962 each 1 $1,962
Upgrade Deluxe: additional to Moderate, install and connect horizontal closed-loop piping network at greater than 4' depth in rock-free earth. Sub-contract price including Labor. $8.80 per foot 2,000 $17,595
Material Cost $26,940 each 1 $26,940
+ Labor Cost (All scenarios) $42 per hour 24 $1,008
Total Cost $27,948 each 1 $27,948

Typical capacity unit conversions are:

1 Ton = 12,000 BTU/h = 3.5 kW = 4.6 BHP

Domestic heating and cooling capacity demand always depends upon regional climate zone conditions. In Phoenix (AZ) for example, 1 Ton of cooling capacity will cool about 500 square feet of living space (well insulated and sealed). In Minot (ND) it will cool about 650 square feet (or 30% more).

Heating capacity demand per square foot follows a similar but reversed regional pattern. In regions near the 49th parallel for example, each Ton of cooling capacity indicates the need for 3 to 4 Tons of heating capacity.

Other considerations and costs

  • Ground-installations cost will vary with soil and site conditions.
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling will save money, and in some cases rebates may be available.
  • For units of greater than 12,000 BTU/h (or 3.5 kilowatts, or 1 ton) a 240V or multi-phase electrical circuit is generally required.
  • For a sunny room, add 10% more cooling capacity than required for room size.
  • Add 600 BTU/h cooling per person if usually occupied by more than two persons.
  • For the kitchen, add 4,000 more BTU/h cooling than required for room size.
  • During the initial inspection the contractor should inform the homeowner of any and all necessary modification or upgrade on electrical circuits or building structure.
  • Labor cost will rise with a “hidden” installation in a finished environment.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.

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DIY considerations

  • This product is usually supplied and installed by a specialist service and may not be suitable for DIY.
  • Sheet metal duct, refrigeration piping, system testing, and temperature/pressure balancing all require special tools and skills.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

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  • New York, NY$16,631
  • Bronx, NY$13,666
  • Brooklyn, NY$11,390
  • Philadelphia, PA$14,209
  • Washington, DC$12,330
  • Atlanta, GA$11,156
  • Miami, FL$10,146
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$10,628
  • Minneapolis, MN$12,468
  • Chicago, IL$14,527
  • Houston, TX$14,983
  • San Antonio, TX$10,058
  • Austin, TX$11,389
  • Denver, CO$9,622
  • Phoenix, AZ$10,152
  • Las Vegas, NV$11,142
  • Los Angeles, CA$12,555
  • San Diego, CA$11,393
  • San Jose, CA$13,761
  • Seattle, WA$10,075

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