Heating using geothermal energy is environmentally friendly, energy-efficient and cost-effective. Despite somewhat higher procurement costs than for oil or gas heating, this ecological investment is worthwhile. Nevertheless, the downhole heat exchanger anchored firmly in the ground is exposed to its own risks.
If a claim arises for a so-called heat pump, it is often a case of total loss. In addition to the actual damage, there may be considerable follow-up costs: when it comes to laying a new heat exchanger a new hole needs to be drilled, access routes opened up, construction sites set up and the surrounding area restored following the drilling. Helvetia offers the possibility of protecting your investment in sustainable energy generation against sudden and unforeseeable damages with comprehensive insurance. The cover corresponds to a kind of comprehensive coverage for downhole heat exchangers. On top of this, Helvetia ensures the policyholder can still enjoy a warm home in case of a claim, since the costs of a possible replacement heating appliance during the repair or the renewal of the damaged heat exchanger are covered.
The downhole heat exchanger insurance offers comprehensive insurance coverage in case of a claim and covers the biggest risks. The insurance covers the cost of restoration to the condition just before the claim, specifically:
Three heat exchangers are crushed at a depth of around 190 metres. The damage was caused by a swellable layer of rock. The crushing of the heat exchanger has reduced the flow to such an extent that too little thermal energy is generated to heat the building. Since it is not possible to repair the heat exchanger, the existing heat exchangers have to be discarded and drilled again. The cost of the experts’ opinions, the additional costs to cover the heating outage and the drilling costs for the new heat exchangers amount to around CHF 75,000.
The following partner drilling companies can offer you Helvetia downhole heat exchanger insurance.
Broder AG, Sargans (SG), www.broder.ch
Spross Ga-La-Bau AG, Zürich (ZH), www.spross.com
LSS Bohr AG, Grosswangen (LU), www.lssbohrag.ch
Blétry AG, Küttingen (AG), www.bletryag.ch
Terracolor Erdwärmetechnik AG, Muttenz (BL), www.terracalor.ch
Norline AG, Glattbrugg (ZH), www.norline.ch
Green Terra AG, Bilten (GL), www.green-terra.ch
Bohrfix AG, Härkingen (SO), www.bohrfix.ch
Heim AG, Altstätten (SG), www.hb-ag.ch
Grünenwald AG, Otelfingen (ZH), www.gruenenwald-ag.ch
AEB Erdwärme AG, Selzach (SO), www.aeb-erdwaerme.ch
PBS Bohr AG, Rickenbach (LU), www.pbs-bohr.ch
Armin Bürge AG, Schwarzenbach (SG), www.buergeag.ch
RS Forages Sàrl, Lucens (VD), www.rs-forages.com
Energie 360° Erdwärme AG, Abtwil (SG), www.erdwaerme-ag.ch
Vionnet SA (VD), www.vionnetsa.com