Geothermal heating systems use modern technologies to harness and use the heat contained within the surface of the earth. Read on to find out if investing in a geothermal system is right for you. If you are interested in configuring your home to take advantage of this alternative heating source, contact us today and we will evaluate your current heating needs to determine if you can benefit from geothermal heating. Curious to see what your neighbors are saying about our services?
What is geothermal heating?
A geothermal heating system is similar to a standard heat pump. However, instead of collecting the warmth from the ambient air using a heat exchanger, the system collects and transfers heat from below the surface of the earth. The temperature of the earth’s subsurface is generally between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit at all times, and geothermal heating systems take advantage of this. In a geothermal heating system, water is piped to the subsurface where it collects heat, and this heat is then used to warm your property.
What are the benefits?
Geothermal energy is a clean, renewable source of heat. Geothermal heat pumps use less electricity than standard heat pumps and resistance heating systems, and prove quieter and less visible as well.
Unlike traditional energy sources that require the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels, geothermal energy uses a reserve of heat that is continuously being supplied. The water in a geothermal heating system is reused over and over, and when properly installed, the piping network can last up to 50 years. New geothermal systems may even be eligible for rebates or tax credits.
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How much energy can you save?
The amount of energy you can save with a geothermal heating system varies depending on the local climate and geology. The United States Department of Energy estimates that a geothermal heat pump uses 25 to 50 percent less energy than other types of heating systems. Many geothermal heating system owners find that their system pays for itself through energy savings in a relatively short period of time.