Geothermal Heat Pump Services
Geothermal HVAC systems are growing in popularity for a number of reasons. They are an affordable way to heat and cool your home throughout the year, as they are extremely energy efficient. The system works in any climate, as long as the temperature six feet below the surface is roughly 55 degrees throughout the year.
The system transfers heat back and forth from your home to the earth, giving you a comfortable temperature in your home no matter what the temperature is outside.
How Do Geothermal Heat Pumps Work?
Geothermal Heat Pump
The geothermal heat pump houses the compressor, heat exchanger, and other key system components. The heat pump moves fluid through the ground loop to exchange heat between indoor air and the ground or water source.
To distribute conditioned air throughout the homes, geothermal systems may be configured as forced air, or water to water. A forced-air system uses an air handler and ductwork to move air throughout the home. In a water-to-water system, piping runs through walls and floors in the home, or baseboard units are installed. Fluid moves through this equipment to transfer heat.
How Does Geothermal Heating and Cooling Work?
A geothermal heating and cooling system does not work the same as a typical traditional furnace or boiler system. A ground loop is installed below the ground, where the ground is used as a heat source because it stays above 50 degrees all year.
There is fluid in the ground loop that takes in the heat from the earth, cycling to the heat exchanger. Once the warm fluid reaches the exchanger, the heat is transferred to become hot air.
When the home needs to be cooled, the geothermal process includes the heat being absorbed from the interior of the home or business. The heat is released outside, cooling down the interior of the building in the process.
Cold air will blow into your home once the heat is removed from the circulated air. The air goes through the ground loop, and the fluid within the loop releases it into the cooler temperature of the ground. The cool liquid then is used to blow cool air into your home or business.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems work because the earth temperature below the surface is cool during hot weather, and warm when the weather is cold.
Types of Geothermal Heat Pumps Available
Closed-loop systems in a geothermal heat pump include a combination of antifreeze and water within the pipe buried below the ground. Depending on the season, the water and antifreeze combination will absorb heat or release heat into the ground. This loop system can be placed in either horizontal or vertical loops, depending on your space needs. These are the most commonly used loop systems with geothermal system setups.
With open-loop systems, a pipe is buried below the ground, but it is open to the groundwater instead of being a closed-loop system containing water mixed with antifreeze. Once the water goes through the system, it is drained back into the earth. Debris can get into an open-loop system, and it is less commonly used.
Are There Tax Credits Available for Geothermal Heat Pumps?
Tax credits can help make your home more energy-efficient and improve your carbon footprint at the same time. There is a 26% tax credit available for residential ground source heat pump installation that has now been extended through December 31, 2022. It is an excellent time to take advantage of this useful tax credit that will make it much easier to afford a geothermal heat pump system.
What Are the Benefits of Having a Geothermal Heat Pump Installed in Your Quad Cities home?
Geothermal heat pump services can have a number of benefits in your Quad Cities home. When you have this type of system installed, the benefits include:
Lower environmental impact
You will be able to have a home or business that is more environmentally friendly when you invest in a geothermal heat pump system.
A geothermal heat pump is quiet, providing your home or business with temperature control without loud, interrupting noises. When you like a quiet atmosphere, consider a geothermal heat pump system to heat and cool your home.
Lasts longer than traditional HVAC systems
Once you invest in a geothermal heat pump system, you can expect the system to last significantly longer than a traditional HVAC system. They can last 20-25 years, while a traditional furnace will only last about 15 years.
Can be used for heating and cooling
The system is used for both heating and cooling, relying on the consistent temperature of the earth six feet below the surface. The technology doesn’t change depending on the seasons.
Your system will be more energy efficient to heat and cool your home. This will cost you less money to stay comfortable throughout the year. When energy efficiency matters to you, it’s time to consider a more efficient heating and cooling system.
Contact Schebler for Installation of a Geothermal Heat Pump
If you are interested in a new geothermal heat pump system for your home or business, it’s time to see what Schebler has to offer. Contact us today to set up a consultation for a heating and air conditioning technician to come to your home or business to discuss your options.