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No matter what climate you live in, the temperature throughout the year varies. For some climates that means blazing summers that cool to frigid winters. What many people don't realize is that the temperature below ground (regardless of climate or season) stays fairly consistent all year.
The ground is able to maintain a higher rate of temperature consistency because it absorbs 47% of the suns energy (heat) as it hits the Earth's surface. Geothermal (also called ground source) systems are able to tap into this free energy with an earth loop. This technology is then used to provide your home or office with central heating and cooling.
Diagram of a house using Geothermal
Laying slinky loops in the ground for a Geothermal
During the heating cycle, a geothermal system uses a series of pipes to extract heat from the ground. As the system pulls heat from the loop it distributes it through a conventional duct system as warm air. The same heat energy can also be used for a radiant floor system and domestic hot water heating.
In the cooling mode, a geothermal system air conditions your home by reversing the heating process. Instead of extracting heat from the ground, it is extracted from your home and either moved back into the earth loop, or used to preheat the water in your hot water tank. Once the heat is removed from the air, it is distributed through the duct system in your home.
A geothermal system operates more efficiently than other heating and cooling systems because they can deliver four units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. That translates into an efficiency rating of 400%, compared to the most efficient gas furnace, which rates 94%.
During heating you'll experience warm air without the hot blasts associated with ordinary gas furnaces. Compared to an air source heat pump, the air is warmer from a geothermal system. For ultimate comfort, a zoning system can be added using multiple thermostats to precisely control temperatures in various zones.
Because natural gas, propane or oil are not required to operate a geothermal unit, there's no combustion, flames or fumes and no chance of carbon-monoxide poisoning.
No fumes are produced during operation By adding optional high efficiency air cleaners, you'll achieve high levels of indoor air quality.
Unlike air source heat pumps, there is no noisy outdoor unit. Geothermal heat pumps are designed and constructed for "whisper quiet" operation.
Unlike air source heat pumps, geothermal units are installed indoors so they are not subject to as much wear and tear caused by the elements.
Geothermal systems are the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home. The system emits no greenhouse gasses.
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