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What To Know About Geothermal Heat Pumps

Posted on: September 8, 2015

Energy efficiency has always been a major goal in HVAC systems. The trained professionals at Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning take your heating and cooling costs seriously. That’s why they want you to have all the options including the revolutionary geothermal heat pumps that have been making the news. The geothermal heat systems have both pros and cons when compared to traditional units.

An Overview of Geothermal Heat Pumps

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More than half of the energy from the sun is absorbed by the earth. As a result, the temperature below the Earth’s surface remains stable even as the air temperature changes with the seasons. Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of this temperature stability with a water-filled piping system commonly referred to as “the loop”. This system works similarly to the coils on a household refrigerator. The water in these pipes exchanges heat from your home, the underground heat pump and the earth with remarkable efficiency.

Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps

  • A traditional air current system has to work harder to cool your house on the hottest days. Taking in hot air from outside to pump cool air into your home takes a lot of energy. By using the cooler ground temperature, geothermal heat pumps provide energy efficiency. And that’s just the beginning.
  • A geothermal system is installed inside your home. The water loop pipes are buried underground and contain no outdoor equipment. This reduces the risk of vandalism that can be a threat with traditional air conditioning units. With no valuable parts exposed, would-be vandals will generally go somewhere else.
  • Geothermal heat pumps have an environmental benefit as well. About 80 percent of the energy this loop system uses comes free from the earth, reducing the need for fossil fuels. It also doesn’t use a furnace flame therefore reducing the risk of carbon monoxide and gas leaks.

Disadvantages

  • A geothermal system can help you realize significant savings in yearly usage but the upfront cost is a severe disadvantage. Depending on your soil type and ground conditions, installation cost can exceed $20,000.
  • Installing geothermal heat pumps is definitely not a do-it-yourself project. This system must be installed by trained professionals. Because it is relatively new, there are not many companies that have a trained team available.
  • The installation of this type of heating and cooling system is quite disruptive to the landscape around and possibly under, your home. The use of heavy digging and drilling equipment is required and may not be possible for all home sites.

The promise of energy efficiency, low maintenance costs and an environmentally friendly system make geothermal heat pumps attractive options for many homeowners. Significant savings on heating and cooling costs may take years to offset the installation fee and the use of heavy construction equipment may prevent all homes from being eligible.

If you or someone you know is considering a geothermal system, contact the experts at Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning for the most honest and accurate information regarding geothermal heat pumps and your home’s location.