Just because furnaces and air conditioners are the most popular ways of keeping your home comfortable, doesn’t mean that there aren’t more modern, and environmentally-friendly heating and cooling options out there. If you have never heard of Geothermal Technology, it’s about time you did! Geothermal Technology is an innovative and sustainable way to heat your home in the winter and cool your home in the summer, with heat energy extracted from your own backyard.
Geothermal heating is a ground/water source heat pump that is the most efficient heating and cooling technology available today.
A home geothermal unit gets its heat from a circuit of pipes buried in the ground. An enviro-friendly, food grade anti freeze solution circulates through the pipes, picking up the natural heat of the earth which is extracted by a heat pump. A water source heat pump can be used if you have a well, pond, stream or lake. In this case, the water is drawn up directly to the pump’s heat exchanger, where its heat is extracted and the water is returned to the source.
In both cases, the process is reversed in the summer months when heat and humidity are drawn from the house by the geothermal system to provide central air conditioning.
Aside from cutting your heating bills up to 65%, and giving you efficient air conditioning, home geothermal systems can lower your water heating costs by 50%, and provide you with free heat for your hot water tank when utilizing the geothermal cooling components.
Ground/water source heat pumps can meet almost all home heating requirements. That’s because earth and groundwater temperatures are higher than air temperatures in winter. About 50 – 75% of the energy used to heat the home is extracted from the ground or water. Efficient electric resistance heaters are installed to provide the supplementary heating needed for only the very coldest days. Some geothermal units are designed to provide adequate heating capacity without the need for back-up heating.
|Home Geothermal Maintenance and Benefits|
|Compared to electric resistance heating, a geothermal heating system may save you up to 65% on your electric heating bill, and up to 25% on your air-conditioning.||Check home geothermal system air filters monthly and clean or replace if necessary|
|Some geothermal units provide water heating.||Have a professional heat pump contractor inspect your geo thermal unit annually.|