GeothermalIs Geothermal Air Conditioning a Viable Residential Cooling Option?

In today’s residential HVAC landscape, there are so many different options to consider that navigating this terrain can be quite tricky. Still, it is best to consider all of your options carefully before determining how you cool your home in moving forward. One type of system we encourage homeowners to investigate is a geothermal system. Capable of heating as well as cooling one’s home, geothermal systems have really caught on in North Seattle over the past few years. Consider the information below when deciding if geothermal air conditioning is a good fit for your home. If so, schedule all of your geothermal services with the pros here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

How Does Geothermal Air Conditioning Work?

A geothermal HVAC system uses the same heat transfer process in order to cool a home that air-source heat pumps utilize, as well as more traditional cooling systems. Refrigerant is cycled throughout the system. It absorbs heat from the air in the house, vents that heat outdoors, and redistributes the cooled air throughout the living space. Unlike traditional split central air conditions or air-source heat pumps, though, which vent the heat into the air outside, geothermal systems use the earth itself as a heat sink.

Like other heat pumps, geothermal systems are also capable of reversing their operation, allowing them to efficiently heat one’s home during the winter months. They draw heat from the ground, compress the heated refrigerant further, and use that thermal energy to heat air for distribution throughout the living space. This is not only quite efficient and eco-friendly, but also very reliable, as the temperature beneath the ground is fairly constant.

Factors to Consider Prior to Installation

The installation of a geothermal HVAC system is quite complex, and a number of different factors must be considered. Like any other HVAC system, it is vital that your geothermal system is expertly sized so that it is able to handle both your heating and cooling loads. Additionally, though, because a geothermal loop must be buried on your property, it is important to have your terrain assessed by a qualified technician. A certain amount of space is needed to accommodate the geothermal loop, and any bodies of water on or under your property, as well as the makeup of the soil itself, can impact the installation procedure. Work with us to guarantee that your geothermal system is capable of cooling your home effectively.

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