What You Need to Know About Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems
Not many homeowners know what geothermal heating and cooling is or how beneficial it can be for a home. The good news is, local HVAC technicians are here to change all that. Learning what exactly geothermal heating and cooling is, how it works, and all of the amazing ways it can help both homeowners and the local community may be potentially life-changing. In this article, experts cover some of this essential information and help homeowners make the right choice for their homes.
What Exactly Is Geothermal Heating and Cooling?
Geothermal heating and cooling is a type of HVAC system. The heating part of the system works by moving a temperature-conducting fluid through underground pipes that loop either near or underneath the home.
As the fluid cycles through the geothermal heating and cooling system, it collects thermal energy that has collected in the ground. The warm fluid then recirculates through the home by moving around the HVAC system’s ductwork.
For the cooling part of the system (especially needed in the hot summer days), the process works in reverse. The heat pump in the home actually removes the heat from the air by transferring it back into the fluid.
Once the fluid recirculates underground, the heat dissipates out of the fluid and back into the ground. When the fluid returns to the home, it is cooler which cools down the entire house. For both geothermal heating and cooling, the cycle continues over and over until the home reaches the optimal temperature.
What Are the Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling?
There are many benefits of geothermal heating and cooling. The first is that it is generally more efficient than a traditional HVAC system. This is mostly because geothermal heating and cooling doesn’t waste its energy by having air pumped in and out of the house, it is simply recirculated underground.
Some estimates say that switching to a geothermal heating and cooling HVAC system can save 25 - 50% on the home’s electricity bill. They also rate much lower on the Coefficient of Performance (COP), Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER), and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration (SEER) scales.
Geothermal heating and cooling is also overall more cost-effective, especially over time. After several years, these systems hit what is known as their “payback period,” where the system begins to pay for itself moving forward. There are also many different incentives offered by both state and federal governments.
One last benefit is that geothermal heating and cooling systems are clean and environmentally friendly. They require no combustion of fossil fuels, and can significantly reduce the home’s carbon footprint.
How Geothermal Heating and Cooling Creates Jobs
One other positive about changing over to a geothermal heating and cooling system is the way that it creates jobs. This starts from the very top at a federal level, with the people hired to do the scientific research needed to keep the field up to date.
There are also heating engineers, hydrologists, and mechanical engineers. Geothermal heating and cooling also creates jobs on a local level. Installing these systems requires a trained, experienced team of heating, air conditioning, and ventilation technicians.
By purchasing one, the homeowner is actually supporting the entire community while also getting all of the benefits of a geothermal heating and cooling system.
About Garneski Air Conditioning & Heating
Garneski Air Conditioning & Heating has been family owned and operated in Sterling, Virginia since 1982. Their expert HVAC emergency and maintenance services are available with flat-rate pricing. The company always hires and screens their own HVAC technicians and never uses subcontractors.