Geothermal heating is an innovative and efficient means of using the ambient temperatures in the earth to heat your home. The temperature of the ground doesn’t change, no matter how warm or cold it is in the air. A geothermal system runs coils of fluid through the ground to facilitate a heat exchange, which can then be used to heat your home. The cost of installation can often be high, but the system usually costs much less to run from month to month, saving you a great deal of money in the bargain. In North Seattle, geothermal installation is a viable option to heat your house. Here’s what you need to know about geothermal installation.
- Ground space. A geothermal system can be buried horizontally (with the pipes spread over a watch patch of ground about 4 to 6 feet deep) or vertically (with the pipes sunk down shafts from 100 to 400 feet deep). They might also use an open-loop system which takes advantage of a pond or similar body of water on your properly. The one that works best for you depends on how much space you have on your property.
- Soil composition. The composition of the soil will play a large role in geothermal installation. A soil composition that favors heat transfer will require fewer coils than one without, and the amount of water in the soil plays a considerable role as well. Areas with rocky soil may benefit from vertical coils more than horizontal coils.
- Cost benefits. There’s no getting around the fact that geothermal installation costs a great deal up front. It helps you to estimate exactly how much the system will save you in month-to-month costs, and whether you can expect your property value to improve.
For more of what you need to know about geothermal installation, or to set up an appointment to discuss your options, contact the experts and G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We can take care of geothermal installations in North Seattle, and similar issues in communities throughout the area. Let us know how we can help; we’ll make sure you’re satisfied with every step of the process!