Once you have become a bit better acquainted with geothermal heating technology, you may find yourself wondering why you have not been taking advantage of all that geothermal heat pumps have to offer. When a geothermal heating and cooling system is installed one’s property, it offers a few key benefits that other systems really cannot match. That being said, a geothermal system is not going to be the right option for every home or every homeowner. No heater will be.
Should you decide that geothermal heating and cooling is right for your needs and personal preferences, then you need to schedule your geothermal services in Mukilteo, WA with trained professionals that you know will do the job right. That is as simple as dialing our number. The unique benefits of geothermal heating are made possible by the system’s unique design and operation, so you need a uniquely talented HVAC contractor on the job. Our team really fits the bill perfectly.
How It Works, or, The Heat Beneath Your Feet!
Okay, so “the heat beneath your feet” could probably better be used when discussing radiant heating, but that’s a topic for another time. Today, it’s all about “geo”—or “earth”—and “thermal”—meaning “heat”. It’s a pretty literal translation, and one that makes a whole lot sense. After all, what is a geothermal heating system if not a heat pump capable of culling heat from the earth itself in order to warm your home?
Like any heat pump, a geothermal, or “ground-source” heat pump is an HVAC system capable of reversing its refrigerant in order to facilitate not just the heating of a building, but its cooling, as well. The major difference here is that the geothermal heat pump is exchanging heat not with the air outside, but the earth. In the summer, heat is removed from the air in your home via the evaporation of refrigerant, and that heat is then dumped into the ground. In the winter, the process is reversed. Heat is drawn out of the ground, the refrigerant is compressed to maximize its thermal energy, and that heat is exchanged with the air in the house.
What Are the Specific Benefits of Geothermal, Though?
There are a lot of them, and chances are that you’ve started to piece together a few on your own. Here are a few of the big ones.
- Versatility. Our winters and summers can definitely throw some uncomfortable weather our way, but fact is that winter in particular is fairly mild. Our climate is actually perfect for the use of a heat pump, meaning that you can easily use just one system for both seasons.
- Efficiency: Heat pumps in general are very efficient heating systems, as no new heat is generated. Existing heat is boosted and pumped into the home. With a geothermal system, you’re using an incredibly efficient heater and an efficient AC, since it’s easier to sink heat into the relatively cool ground than to release it into hot air.
- Longevity: Geothermal heat pumps are among the longest-lasting HVAC systems out there. The above-ground components have long lifespans, and the buried loop has no moving parts to break down and is removed from the elements.
Schedule your geothermal services with G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.