How it works:
The earth has insulating properties, which makes the underground temperatures be more constant throughout the whole year. Typically, a geothermal system consists of an indoor handling unit and a buried system of pipes that contain water (called earth loops). During the winter, the ground absorbs the sun’s energy which then gets absorbed by the pipes. The liquid in these pipes carry the heat throughout the entire earth loop system into your heat pump, which sends the heated air to the entirety of your house. Essentially, a geothermal HVAC system takes advantage of the underground temperatures and uses them to provide free energy for your home. For the summer months, the system gets reversed: the heat pump removes heat from the building and deposits in the earth.
Why Should You Get a Geothermal HVAC System?
- A geothermal heat pump reduces energy costs by 30%-70%! You can typically recoup the cost of the installation through the savings in less than 10 years.
- They are effective with both cooling and heating, and you can engineer your geothermal HVAC system to require no additional backup heat source if desired. Because it is both a cooling and a heating system, you can cut maintenance costs as there are fewer parts that can break.
- This system is always producing. Because it doesn’t depend on wind or sunlight but on the stable underground temperatures, geothermal systems are always working.
- Geothermal HVAC systems are considered a renewable technology: they can move up to five units of cooling/heating from the earth to a building using only one unit of electricity, which means you are reducing your carbon footprint.
- Geothermal HVAC systems are quiet and, because there’s no outside equipment, neighbors won’t be bother with any noise.
- The polyethylene piping earth loops can last for generations! The majority and most important components of the systems usually have warranties up to 50 years and they are buried (which means less maintenance!)
- Multiple loads of heating can happen simultaneously, so you can heat your home, water, and pool at the same time!
- You don’t need a lot of real estate to place the polyethylene piping earth loops. Subject to the characteristics of the building site, the loop may be buried vertically. Another option is tapping into an available aquifer.
- Geothermal HVAC systems consume NO water! Actually, when applied commercially, the systems eliminate millions of gallons of water that would otherwise just been evaporated in cooling towers. And, if you use an aquifer to exchange heat with the earth, the water will be returned.
- New installation practices are reducing the cost of geothermal HVAC systems, making it very competitive with the conventional systems.
Can I use geothermal technology?
Ground source heat pumps can be used everywhere in the United States! If you are interested in investing in Geothermal HVAC systems, contact Highwood Mechanical Contractors! Trust Highwood Mechanical’s experts and update your HVAC system today. Our team has provided for more than 25 years smooth services in Connecticut, including Fairfield, Middlesex, Hamden, New Haven, and Hartford. Don’t wait to start investing in your Geothermal heating and cooling system!