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Everett, WA Geothermal Environmental Benefits
Traditional combustion heating systems are popular for a whole host of reasons. They’re easy to build, fix, and install. Most modern ones provide a good amount of heat output. Depending on which one you’re using, they may even be quite a bit cheaper than other systems. However, all of that convenience comes at a price. Combustion systems all burn some kind of fuel, usually natural gas, to generate heat for your home. The problem is that those fuels create a number of different combustion byproducts when burned. These combustion byproducts include toxic gases like carbon monoxide, as well as other pollutants that are then vented out of the house and into the atmosphere. Needless to say, this isn’t good for the environment. Luckily, there are alternatives available for those that want to “go green.” Let’s take a look at the environmental benefits of geothermal systems.
G & S Heating Cooling & Electric provides a whole host of green solutions throughout Everett, WA, including geothermal systems.
Why Geothermal Systems are Environmentally Friendly
Geothermal systems are among the class of heating systems known as "heat pumps." They don’t burn any kind of fuel during operation, instead relying on moving heat from one place to another using water or refrigerant. A geothermal system is a heat pump that is connected to a subterranean pipe loop, installed approximately 10–15 feet below the surface. This pipe loop is filled with either water or refrigerant, which cycles through the geothermal system during use. The reason for this type of construction is that at that depth, the temperature belowground is always around 50–60 degrees Fahrenheit. This provides a constant source of thermal energy for the geothermal system to draw on with which to heat the house, regardless of weather conditions.
Because they cycle through the refrigerant stored underground to gather thermal energy, geothermal systems have no need to burn fuel to generate heat. They rely on their environment for heat instead. This makes geothermal systems very environmentally friendly. Not only do they not burn fuel, but they make use of the environmental heat, which is infinitely renewable. The only other thing that a geothermal system needs to operate is electricity.
Other Advantages Geothermal Systems Provide
Geothermal systems are one of the most environmentally friendly heating and cooling systems around, but that’s far from the only reason to install one. A geothermal system is also much more cost–effective than most other heating systems. If you do decide to replace your traditional heating system with a geothermal one, you’ll be glad to know that it can pay for itself in savings within a few years. To find out more about the financial benefits of geothermal systems, check out our geothermal cost benefits page.
If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly heating and cooling system, a geothermal heat pump may be the perfect solution for you. Call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric today, and we’ll get started with helping you to plan the installation of your new geothermal system.