Is Geothermal HVAC For You?
Your home is supposed to be where can you be most comfortable at. And nowadays, this “comfort” is hard not to associate with having space with the right amount of temperature. However, traditional heating and cooling mechanisms tend to significantly increase your monthly energy bill. If you’re looking for ways on how to reduce this statistic, geothermal HVAC systems might just be the perfect solution for you.
Getting Acquainted with the Geothermal HVAC
Unlike other systems that convert electrical (sometimes chemical) energy, a geothermal HVAC unit works on the principle of moving and transporting heat.
Geothermal HVAC systems are composed of three main parts: the heat pump, the underground heat exchanger, commonly referred to as the loop system, and the duct system comprising a network of coils.
The loop system is installed underground outside your home, wherein the temperature averages at around 55 degrees — thanks to Earth’s natural insulating properties. It is responsible for cycling a water-refrigerate solution.
During the winter season, it absorbs heat from the ground and the heated liquid that was pumped into it will be transported to the heat pump (located in your home, frequently in the basement). The heat pump, in turn, will extract the heat from the solution and blow it to the duct system, which will then distribute it throughout your home.
When summer strikes, the opposite happens. The HVAC system will absorb the excess heat from your home by evaporating the water-refrigerate solution in the duct system. The heat pump will then transport it to the loop system, which will be responsible for depositing the heat to the ground (which has a cooler temperature than the refrigerant). Now cooler, the refrigerant is transported back to the heat pump and cooler air will come out from the duct system.
Advantages Over Other HVAC Systems
Considered as one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems, geothermal HVAC systems offer several advantages:
Fewer energy expenses. Though you’d initially incur purchasing and installation costs, this will be offset by the significant reduction in your monthly energy bill. After all, a geothermal HVAC is 300-400 percent more efficient than the traditional systems.
Easier to maintain and more durable. Lasting from 25 to 50 years, this system is a perfect choice if you don’t want something that needs to be repaired or serviced every now and then.
Safer for the environment. As geothermal HVAC only uses heat transfer — no chemical and electrical energy is being used. This is considered safe not only to Mother Nature but also to your loved ones living in your home.
Depending on the type of soil within your premises, and of course your budget (these systems have higher upfront costs, though some states and countries offer installation subsidies), going geothermal is something you should consider if you want to cut down energy expenses and adopt a system that’s safe not only for the environment but also for you and your loved ones. It’s strongly recommended to consult with a professional to better assess your situation.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of geothermal HVAC systems contact our team at Air-Tech Systems today. Let us tell you what’s beneath your feet!