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Geothermal Heat Pumps

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.

Distribution System

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.

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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.

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Types of Geothermal Heat Pumps Available

Closed-loop systems

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.

Open-loop systems

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.

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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 30% tax credit available for residential ground source heat pump installation, effective January 1, 2023. 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.

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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.

Quiet operation

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 relatively constant temperature of the earth six feet below the surface. The technology doesn’t change depending on the seasons.

Energy efficient

Geothermal units are among the most energy efficient systems on the market today. This means you’ll spend less money on your monthly utility bills to stay comfortable throughout the year. When energy efficiency matters to you, it’s time to consider a more efficient heating and cooling system.

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Geothermal Heat Pump Services from Schebler Heating and Air

To ensure we fully meet all your geothermal HVAC needs, we proudly provide geothermal installation, repair, and maintenance services. Whether you’re looking to install a new system for the first time or your current unit is in need of repairs or bi-annual maintenance, our team can help.

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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. We proudly serve Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline, Rock Island, Clinton, and the surrounding cities.

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