Geothermal or Ground Source Heat Pumps – So What…

So what?

This is a big deal in energy efficiency

Consumer Energy Center

Heat pumps move heat from one place to another – from outside to inside a home, for example. That’s why they’re called “heat pumps.”

Geothermal heat pumps are similar to ordinary heat pumps, but instead of using heat found in outside air, they rely on the stable, even heat of the earth to provide heating, air conditioning and, in most cases, hot water.

How Do They Compare?
Surveys taken by utilities have found that homeowners using geothermal heat pumps rate them highly when compared to conventional systems. Figures indicate that more than 95 percent of all geothermal heat pump owners would recommend a similar system to their friends and family.

Cost
You will have to add the cost of drilling to the total amount of the project. The final cost will depend on whether your system will drill vertically deep underground or will put the loops in a horizontal fashion a shorter distance below ground. The cost of drilling also will vary depending on the terrain and other local factors.

Durability
Geothermal heat pumps are durable and require little maintenance. They have fewer mechanical components than other systems, and most of those components are underground, sheltered from the weather. The underground piping used in the system is often guaranteed to last 25 to 50 years and is virtually worry-free. The components inside the house are small and easily accessible for maintenance. Warm and cool air are distributed through ductwork, just as in a regular forced-air system.

Since geothermal systems have no outside condensing units like air conditioners, they are quieter to operate.

Source: Consumer Energy Center, Geothermal Heat Pumps

If you need help with indoor comfort or air quality, contact Cold Craft, Inc.

408.374.7292 or INFO@COLDCRAFT.COM

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