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

What Are My Geothermal Installation Options?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

While geothermal installation may involve quite a bit of digging, the benefits are undeniable. Geothermal heating and cooling systems provide homeowners with the same powerful heating and cooling power of a conventional split system heat pump, but with a lot of money in additional energy savings. That’s because so little energy is used to pump the relatively stable heat from the ground and into your home, or from your home and back to the earth. You’ll use fewer of the earth’s precious resources as geothermal energy is a renewable power source.

Is Geothermal Installation Right for Me?

If there is enough space on the property and a complete duct system in the home, nearly any homeowner can schedule geothermal installation for better energy-efficiency and prolonged HVAC system lifespan. Geothermal units often need fewer repairs and last many years longer than other heating and cooling systems.

How Much Digging Will Take Place?

Many homeowners are most worried about what will happen to their home during geothermal installation. The installation steps that take place inside of the home and directly outside are similar to the traditional AC installation process, though there are a couple of options. In some cases, every component, including the compressor and blower fan, is in a single cabinet. Or you can install a split-system with an indoor coil and an outdoor compressor unit in order to make use of an existing furnace blower.

But the amount of digging that takes place will vary from property to property. There are two basic options for installation: a vertical layout or a horizontal one. Whether you choose vertical or geothermal installation, installing the underground loop system will be an extensive process. However, replacement should not become necessary for decades, and the economic benefits are often well worth it.

Horizontal vs. Vertical Installation: Which Is Better?

One installation method involves digging a trench of only about 4-6 feet and laying the loop system down horizontally. This will take up a lot of space, but it’s generally more cost-effective, and comes highly recommended. For areas where horizontal installation is not possible, vertical installation is recommended instead.

Call on the help of the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to learn more about your geothermal installation options in Monroe and to schedule professional services.

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How Long Does it Take to Install Geothermal Heating in Lynnwood?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Switching to geothermal heating in Lynnwood is a big step and can be a sound investment, but many homeowners are nervous about having their yard dug up. Just how long do you have to have your life and yard disrupted for a geothermal installation? It depends on the type of installation, but probably not as long as you think.

Horizontal Straight Loop

This is probably the most common type of geothermal configuration for residential homes. The necessary coolant pipes are buried about five feet below the ground in parallel lengths, like matches in a box. Depending on weather and soil conditions, this kind of installation can usually be completed in a day or two.

Horizontal Coiled Loop

This configuration is very similar to the horizontal straight loop, with the major difference being that the pipes are in coils instead of just straight lengths. This allows more surface area in a smaller space, which can be good for homes with small yards.

This type of installation requires some more digging because of the height of the loops, but again can still be done in just a couple of days.

Vertical Loop

In this configuration, the coolant pipes are installed side by side, but they run vertically straight into the ground instead of laying flat as in the horizontal straight loop. This type of installation is usually used only in commercial settings where space is at a premium, making horizontal configurations impossible.

The complexity and added labor of the vertical loop often makes it prohibitively expensive for home applications, and also means it takes longer to install. Count on this taking up to four days.

Pond Loop

This configuration is the easiest, cheapest and quickest, but can only be used on sites where there is a suitable body of water nearby. Rather than digging trenches and laying pipes into them, coils are floated on top of a pond and then sunk to the bottom, taking advantage of the existing geothermal energy of the pond itself.

A pond loop installation can be done in as little as one day, provided conditions are adequate.

For more clarification please call G & S Heating, Cooling, & Electric.

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