G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Archive for the ‘Geothermal Heating’ Category

What You Ought to Know about Geothermal Heating Systems

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Every homeowner wants to be able to stay comfortable when the weather starts to turn cold, but we all know that energy prices are on the rise. Geothermal heating systems are a great option for homeowners that want to heat their home efficiently, reduce the amount of energy that they have to buy from their utility company and also make a positive impact on the environment. Read on below to learn more about geothermal systems and then give us a call us here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. if you’d like to learn more about our North Seattle geothermal heating installation services.

What Does A Geothermal Heating Installation Entail?

Geothermal systems are basically a heat pump that uses the ground or a water supply as a source of heat for your home (though geothermal systems also provide cooling in the summer). To put it simply, they absorb heat out of the ground or out of a water supply and move it into your home. And here’s how they do that.

The Ground Loop

For ground-source geothermal heat pumps, a long pipe needs to be buried deep underground where the temperature is about 50° F all year long. Because of this, many homes aren’t capable of utilizing a geothermal system because they don’t have the physical space. This ground loop is filled with an environmentally friendly refrigerant that absorbs the heat out of the ground and carries it into your home. This same type of ground loop is also used with water-source heat pumps except that the loop is submerged in your pond, river or lake.

The Heat Pump

Once the heat is absorbed by the refrigerant there has to be a way to get it out of the refrigerant and into your home. To do that, your home will have a heat pump inside it that uses a fan to pull in cool air from your home and pass it over a series of warm evaporator coils. The cold air naturally absorbs the heat out of the refrigerant and then continues into your home. The now-cooled refrigerant heads back out to the ground to gather more heat.

If you’d like to know of your home is a good candidate for a North Seattle geothermal heating installation, just give us a call here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

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The Growing Popularity of Geothermal Heating and Energy in Carnation

Monday, April 9th, 2012

It’s no secret that use of alternative energy sources is on the rise in Carnation. Solar panels, windmills and hybrid cars have been heavily publicized over the past several years as people and governments try to employ energy strategies that are more efficient, friendlier to the environment and more cost effective.

One alternative energy option that you may have overlooked amid the press that the above topics have received is geothermal heating. That is, using the existing energy of the Earth as a means to heat and cool your home.

If you have in fact been unaware of geothermal heating cost benefits and energy thus far, it is rapidly growing in popularity as an alternative energy source. According to an article in GOOD Magazine, there are projects currently underway that would double the United States’ capacity to produce electricity from geothermal energy. In the summer of 2011, the U.S. Congress approved $70 million in funding to research geothermal energy.

It’s not just the government getting in on the act, either. Some contractors report anecdotally that over the past five years or so, demand from customers for geothermal heating installations has risen noticeably.

What’s all the fuss about? Well, for starters, geothermal heating can lower heating costs dramatically by reducing reliance on electric or fuel-based heat. Anyone that has received a staggeringly high home heating bill knows that any relief would be welcome.

Additionally, geothermal heating has the advantage of being hidden from sight. Unlike solar panels that have to be mounted on your home or a towering windmill that dominates your property, geothermal pipes run underground. Once they’re installed, no one even knows they’re there.

It’s not all great news about geothermal. You’ll need some extra land to house the underground coils, and the cost of installation is usually higher than other heating systems.

So, geothermal may not be for everyone, but if you are looking for an alternative energy solution, you have some land and you can invest some money upfront to see savings each month, then it might just be for you.

For more information, give G & S Heating, Cooling, & Electric a call today!

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