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Ins and Outs of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Posted on January 14, 2014

If you think geothermal heating and cooling could be the right choice for your home, you probably already know about your underground loop installation options. Have you considered indoor aspects of your installation? Here’s what you need to know:

Heat Pump

Unlike traditional heating and air conditioning systems, a geothermal heat pump is located inside. This reduces wear and tear caused by the elements, which is one reason geothermal heat pumps have a 20-25-year lifespan, nearly double that of conventional systems.

The heat pump itself is the size of a small refrigerator. It runs so quietly that sometimes it’s difficult to tell if it’s on without close inspection. The system circulates water through piping between the underground loop and the heat pump. The heat pump transfers heat to and from the water, depending on the season. This process takes place with just a small amount of electricity. The heat pump doesn’t burn any fuel, and therefore there’s no natural gas bill.

Compatibility with Your Existing System

If you currently have a traditional forced-air heating and cooling system, rest assured that your existing ductwork will likely require little or no modifications to accommodate new geothermal heating and cooling. If you don’t have ductwork, don’t fret; you can either have a contractor install it for you or you can install a radiant floor system instead. In addition, a geothermal system can heat your home’s hot water supply.

Installation

Choosing an experienced contractor is important. A poor installation could result in discomfort, higher energy bills and shorter equipment lifespan.

Proper installation of indoor components usually takes a full day. The old equipment is removed, the new unit is installed, the loop field is joined to the heat pump and the system is thoroughly tested. This is also when any necessary ductwork modifications take place. When all is said and done, expect 400 percent efficiency and unmatched comfort.

To learn more about upgrading to geothermal heating and cooling, contact Wichita-based Comfort Systems today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about geothermal heating and cooling and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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