A geothermal heat pump is a newer kind of HVAC system, but that doesn’t mean you have to worry about a frustrating installation experience. Here’s what you can expect during geothermal installation:
Your first step should be a meeting with a geothermal HVAC system professional from Comfort Masters Service Experts to determine the size of the geothermal system needed to heat and cool your home.
No two homes in Wheeling are alike, so receiving a free quote for your specific home is crucial to ensuring the greatest energy-efficiency boost in the end. Geothermal systems are compatible with your existing system or can fully replace a regular system, depending on the local climate. Check with your Expert installer for more info.
Depending on land or water resources, there are a few different setups: horizontal loop, vertical loop or pond loop. You’ll pick a configuration option during your consultation.
Despite the name, geothermal heat pumps are designed to work both ways, with a reversible pump that provides both heating and cooling. Whichever system you want to have installed, it will utilize steady below-ground temperatures to efficiently both heat AND cool your home.
Geothermal heat pumps can draw on the thermal energy of both the ambient temperature underground as well as the temperature of a body of water. You’ll choose a ground-source or water-source model depending on what will be most efficient.
Once you’re several feet underground, the temperature stays relatively stable through summer and winter alike. Ground-source heat pumps use this consistency to transfer heat in or out of a building. In heating mode, they pump ambient heat above ground, while cooling mode reverses the process to send heat underground for later use.
Nearby water sources also offer consistent internal temperatures. Water-source heat pumps are ideal for cooling your home, so long as the body of water is at least 1/2-3/4th of an acre in addition to 8 feet deep.
When your geothermal heat pump is in place, you can manage it like any other HVAC equipment. Just the same, staying on top of routine maintenance helps keep your geothermal system in peak condition.
A geothermal HVAC system can be as reliable as central forced-air systems, but with even greater energy efficiency. Make the most of these savings by staying up to date on maintenance.
Feel free to chat with Comfort Masters Service Experts today at 847-250-6729 or schedule online for a free quote or to learn more about your geothermal heating and cooling options.
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Geothermal systems use energy from below ground to provide heating and cooling. They implement a “loop” system by moving and delivering from either the ground or a water source in heating mode. In cooling mode, this process works in reverse by extracting heat from inside the home to the ground or a water source. The cold air in cooling mode is the result of the process of removing heat and humidity as air is recirculated.
Geothermal HVAC can be more cost efficient over time due to operational savings on utility bills, despite higher initial costs. And they’re more efficient than a standard system with a furnace and air conditioner. Ask about federal rebates and other financial incentives during the installation process.
Like other heat pumps, geothermal models don’t generate heat but rely on the Earth’s natural ambient temperature for climate control. You end up reducing your monthly utility bills, and geothermal systems can also last a lot longer. As long as you keep up with maintenance, you can get 20 years from a geothermal heat pump and as much as 50+ years for an underground loop system.
Yes! Geothermal heat pumps resemble conventional heat pumps in that they are 2-in-1 systems capable of providing both heating and cooling. Despite a confusing name, geothermal heat pumps are just as effective at cooling homes in many different climates. In fact, they’re often the most efficient type of system available!
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