Geothermal Heating and Cooling
For years, we have dedicated ourselves to helping residents keep their homes climate controlled and comfortable. As part of those efforts, we have also made it a point to stay up-to-date on the latest and most efficient heating and cooling systems. This is why we also provide geothermal heating and cooling systems in addition to our standard HVAC systems.
Using geothermal heating and cooling technology is not a new idea. In fact, it has been around for hundreds of years. However, with new technology and efforts to create a more eco-friendly lifestyle, geothermal technology is making a major comeback.
Geothermal has become a widely popular option for home heating and cooling systems due to the fact that they are highly efficient, eco-friendly, and provide homeowners with a number of tax credits and utility company rebates.
How Does Geothermal Heating & Cooling Work?
A geothermal heating and cooling system uses the heat that is naturally stored within the earth to maintain your home’s temperature year round. With the geothermal heat inside of the earth’s crust staying at a regular temperature year round, it can be used for heat during the winter and cooling during the summer.
At the most basic level, geothermal heating and cooling systems use water or a similar liquid, which circulates underground to transfer heat in one direction or another. While this type of system does use electricity to circulate the liquid and extract the heat, it is significantly more efficient than using electricity alone or natural gas for your year-round heating and cooling needs.
Geothermal Heat Pumps or Ground-Source Heat Pumps
Technically speaking, ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs) are not geothermal as they use the stored solar heat energy that is found in shallow ground. However, they are considered as part of geothermal heating and cooling technology due to the fact that they provide a consistent, year-round temperature to use in geothermal heating and cooling systems.
GSHPs use a liquid, typically water or a water/antifreeze mix that circulates through closed, buried ground loops. Depending on the home and land available, geothermal HVAC systems can have vertical or horizontal loop field systems. The circulating fluid collects heat as it moves underground and brings it back to the heat pump, which extracts the heat using electricity and sends the fluid on the loop again.
During the summer months, you simply change the direction of the GSHP so that cool liquid is circulated through the house and heat is transferred to the ground.
Geothermal HVAC Systems
Environmentally speaking, the EPA states that switching from a standard HVAC system to a geothermal one is equivalent to planting 750 trees. That is not to mention the US General Accounting Office estimates of saving billions in annual energy costs and reduced pollution rates if geothermal systems were in use nationwide.
However, not all of the benefits are environmental. For homeowners, installing a geothermal HVAC system typically means saving 30%-70% on heating costs during the winter and 20%-50% during the summer, in comparison with traditional HVAC systems.
If you are interested in having one of the most efficient HVAC systems in use today, saving thousands on your annual heating and cooling costs, and making the world a greener place, then give us a call today to see how we can help you! (INSERT PHONE NUMBER HERE)