GeothermalIs Geothermal Cooling Right for Your Home?

As homeowners gravitate toward more efficient and eco-friendly ways in which to both heat and cool their homes, geothermal systems are growing in popularity. A geothermal cooling system is a great fit for most homes, especially for those which homeowners choose to heat and cool with just one system. However, there are a lot of different factors which must be considered before deciding if a geothermal system is the right fit for any given property. This is a determination that only a geothermal professional can help to make. That is why our technicians are the ones to work with in the North Seattle area. Contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for help in determining if a geothermal cooling system is right for your home.

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Geothermal cooling systems operate on the same principle of heat transfer that air-source heat pumps do. During the summer, refrigerant is used to absorb heat from within the home. This refrigerant absorbs this heat within an indoor coil, and the warm refrigerant then travels outdoors. Rather than dispersing this heat to the air outside, though, a geothermal loop system on the property uses the ground as a heat-sink. In the winter months, the process is reversed. Heat is absorbed from the ground on your property, where temperatures are relatively stable. This heat is transferred from the antifreeze solution within the ground loop to the refrigerant in the heat pump. It is compressed, and the heat is then released into the home. Air ducts distribute conditioned air throughout the house.

Considerations for Geothermal Cooling System Installations

In order to use a geothermal cooling system, which necessitates the use of  a geothermal loop, your property must be inspected and evaluated by a professional geothermal technician. A certain amount of space is required for the installation of a geothermal loop. Generally, such loops are installed horizontally. Should need be, they may also be installed vertically to make use of more constrictive space. They may even be installed in water, though this is less common in residential applications. Any number of factors, including the layout of the land as well as the properties of the terrain surrounding your home will play a role in determining if a geothermal system is an option to pursue.

Should the technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. find that your home and the property surrounding it are conducive to the installation of a geothermal system, you can count on us to install that system with the utmost care. This will allow you to both heat and cool your home in an efficient and convenient manner. Contact us today for more details regarding geothermal system services.


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