When it comes to choosing either a cooling or a heating system for your home, our team at Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating knows that you have many options to choose from. With the advancement and improvement of technology, one cooling and heating system that has become increasingly popular is geothermal energy.
Before you dismiss the geothermal system as something that won’t work for your home, you can take our word that a geothermal system can work for almost any type of home. Keep reading to learn more about why you should consider this system for your next home comfort installation.
Renewable energy is making headlines lately, and it may be something you’ve been hoping to invest in for your home for a long time. Wind and solar power have long been discussed as solutions to a slow depletion of natural resources, but these are not accessible to every home or homeowner.
Geothermal heating and cooling is a way to take in renewable energy for a specific task, cooling or heating a home, which often accounts for the highest spending on your energy bills. A geothermal system is an investment, but it’s one that’s well worth the results.
To understand how geothermal energy works, you’ll first need to understand why the earth’s heat is such an excellent renewable energy source. If you dig far enough into the earth, you’ll hit a temperature that remains just about constant—about 50°F. This may not seem like a high heat energy, but it’s that consistency year-round that has allowed for the development of geothermal heat pumps.
Geothermal heat pumps have a closed-loop system underground that circulates an antifreeze solution throughout. It transfers heat from the earth into the home when it’s cool out. When it’s warm out, the air is cooled by transferring heat from the home into the ground through the antifreeze solution.
Conventionally, heat pumps use the air as a source of heat, rather than the ground. But inconsistent outdoor temperatures make this an unreliable method that costs a lot more each month. While heat pumps are an efficient alternative to, say, portable heaters and window air conditioners, they don’t compare to the efficiency and performance of geothermal heating and cooling systems.
Geothermal heat pumps, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, work three to six times more efficiently than conventional heat pump systems. The reason for this is the relatively stable temperature of the earth before the frost line that the heat pump accesses for the heat exchange process. Your geothermal heat pump won’t need to struggle to extract sufficient heat in the winter or deposit heat in the summer, so you’ll see continual savings.
Although it does cost more upfront to install a geothermal heating and cooling system, one of the big benefits you’ll get from the geothermal heat pump is how long the system will last after that. The interior components typically last for 20+ years while the underground loops can last for over 50 years!
Finally, one of the great things about geothermal heat pump systems is that they create fewer harmful greenhouse gas emissions than standard heat pumps, air conditioners, and furnaces. Traditional heat pump systems use the outside air as a source for heat exchange and have difficulty with this process when winter temperatures drop to the extreme. Geothermal systems, however, depend on a steadier source of heat, and are more dependable due to it.