Choosing an Orange City Geothermal Heat Pump
With increasing concerns about energy efficiency, more and more Floridians are turning to eco-friendly heating and cooling systems. As one of the greenest options available, a geothermal heat pump or geothermal is an air conditioner or cooling system that can also provide warmth during cooler months. In particular, this kind of system uses the Earth’s consistent ground temperature to shed excess heat in summer and draw in warmth in cooler months. Due to reliance upon ground heat, these systems are ideal for areas like ours with less intensive winters. So, an Orange City Geothermal Heat Pump may be a good choice depending on your home’s comfort needs.
Heating & Cooling from the Earth
Geothermal heat pumps use a buried ground loop or refrigerant line to pull heat out of your home and into the ground. In colder months, they can also absorb heat from the ground and into your home. These systems draw on the Earth’s consistent below-ground temperature of between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. While closed and open-loop systems are the main types, there is some variation.
- A closed-loop pump circulates antifreeze underground or in water, with an exchanger heating refrigerant in a closed loop. Sub-types include horizontal and vertical systems, as well as pond systems that run the supply line under water.
- An open-loop system uses a body of water or well to circulate exchange fluid and exchange heat before returning water to its source.
- A hybrid system uses multiple resources, including geothermal and outdoor air systems. It is best-suited to areas where cooling needs greatly exceed heating.
Residences generally use horizontal closed-loop systems, while commercial buildings rely on vertical systems. The best option for your Orange City Geothermal Heat Pump will depend on available space and your ability to make the initial financial investment.
Benefits of an Orange City Geothermal Heat Pump
These systems are ideally suited to Florida, where the heating season is overshadowed by the summer months. Here, a geothermal heat pump can be as much as twice as efficient as the most energy efficient air conditioning system. If finances are an issue, dual air and ground-source systems cost significantly less but provide similar savings. In general, geothermal systems have much longer life spans. For instance, Energy.gov estimates that internal components last around 25 years and that the ground loop itself lasts 50 years or more. At the same time, all moving parts are sheltered and protected from the elements. This is important given the salt air of ocean and beach front areas that can easily degrade air-source systems. On the whole, an Orange City Geothermal Heat Pump will run quieter, last longer, and require less maintenance.
Depending on space and finances, investing in a geothermal system may be a smart choice for your household. In particular, you should plan to live in your home for the long-term. That way, you can benefit from savings from your Orange City Geothermal Heat Pump that accumulate over time. For help in determining whether such systems are right for you, contact Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning today. With decades of experience, our team of technicians will help manage your Volusia County home’s cooling needs.
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