With all the digging involved with geothermal systems, you may think that it takes weeks to install one. But appearances can be deceiving, and that is certainly the case with the installation of a geothermal system. Geothermal installation happens in three stages, with the planning stage lasting the longest. The most important aspect of any geothermal installation is to hire knowledgeable professionals to get the job done, which is where G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., comes in.
Stages of Geothermal Installation
There are three main stages of geothermal installation:
- Stage 1: Planning
- Stage 2: Installation of indoor heat pump
- Stage 3: Installation of ground loops
Stage 1: Planning
Time needed: about 1 week
During the planning stage, specialists will survey your property to assess space; they will also determine if you have the proper soil conditions needed for installation. Once these factors are found to be acceptable, your specialists will determine which type of geothermal system will work best for your home: closed loop system, open loop system, vertical placement or horizontal placement.
Stage 2: Installation of indoor heat pump
Time needed: less than a day
Every geothermal system uses a heat pump to transfer heat. The geothermal heat pump is connected to the existing ductwork in your home.
Stage 3: Installation of ground loops
Time needed: 2-3 days
First, an above-ground pump and manifold are installed. The ground loops are installed according to their configuration and follow along wooden frames; then they are connected together. Trenches are dug for the loops, and the loops are attached to the manifold. The loops are tested for several hours to ensure there are no leaks, and once this is confirmed, the loops are covered and your landscaping returned to normal. The system can now be activated.
Geothermal systems can be wonderful for energy efficiency and comfort, and the loops systems can last up to 50 years (heat pumps last about 25 years). To find out if a geothermal installation is for you, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., today and schedule your geothermal installation in Mill Creek with one of our experts.