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Geothermal Heating and Cooling
At Sinclaire Home Services, our technicians are not only trained in traditional heating and air systems, but are skilled in installing the newest technologies as well. We are happy to provide geothermal heating and air systems to our clients who wish to use those 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 becoming increasingly mainstream. Geothermal heating 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 24/7/365, 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 a 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. 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. Not to mention, the US General Accounting Office estimates billions of dollars in annual savings and reduced pollution rates if geothermal systems were in use nationwide. The benefits don’t stop there, however. For an individual homeowner, installing a geothermal HVAC system typically means saving 30%-70% on heating costs during the winter and 20%-50% during the summer, compared to traditional HVAC systems.