What is a geothermal system? Practically speaking, a geothermal heat pump acts like your refrigerator does, removing heat from its interior and transferring it into your kitchen. Geothermal heat pumps use a similar principle, transferring heat from the ground to your house (or vice versa).
This method of heating your home has many advantages over traditional systems. Read on to learn more:
Geothermal systems are eco-friendly
Interestingly, a geothermal heat pump doesn’t burn fuel to create warmth, so it’s environmentally-friendly in that way. Rather, it essentially moves existing heat from one area to another, and that’s highly efficient. Did you know, for instance, that temperatures underground remain a relatively constant 50 degrees year round? Therefore, a geothermal system doesn’t need to use as much energy as, say, a conventional AC system.
They have lower operating costs
Though initially it can cost more to install a geothermal system on your property, keep in mind that it has much lower operating costs compared to other systems. Therefore, savings accrue over time– upwards of 60% on your heating costs and 50% on your cooling costs.
Geothermal systems can be installed in any type of home
Geothermal systems can be installed in retrofit situations as well as new builds. Geothermal heat pumps do use electricity, but there’s no onsite combustion, which means no emissions of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or “greenhouse gases.” Units are low maintenance and last a long time. Plus, they’re not noisy like an outside compressor/fan might be.
About 100,000 geothermal systems are installed in the U.S. annually, and interest is rising so expect that number to increase in the years to come. To install a geothermal heating system for your home, contact Empire Clean Energy Supply today.