Have you grown weary of winter? Do you look forward to summer but the hot…
When many homeowners hear the words “sustainable energy,” they often look to the sun, believing that solar panels are the optimal way to harness renewable power. The reality is that a geothermal heating and cooling system is one of the best methods for tapping into what nature so generously provides.
Quiet, clean, super-efficient and buried invisibly beneath your yard, geothermal heating and cooling systems can slash utility bills by up to 70 percent, according to some estimates. Geothermal heat pumps are similar to their conventional air-source brethren: Both use a high-pressure refrigerant to grab and transmit heat between exterior and interior spaces.
The main difference lies in the technology: Conventional set-ups gather and dump heat via outdoor air, whereas geothermal systems move heat along liquid-filled pipes looped underground. Here is the brilliance: Once you go a few feet below the surface, the temperature of the earth is a predictably consistent 50 degrees, regardless of ambient air temperatures above ground. This means that a conventional heating and cooling system must gauge and react to temperature fluctuations between seasons (cold in winter, hot in summer), which leads to higher energy bills depending on how hard the equipment must work. Geothermal heating and cooling has the relatively easy job of working with a steady 50-degree below-ground temperature.
Here are a few more interesting facts about geothermal systems:
- On a year-round basis, they are twice as efficient as even the highest-rated air conditioners and half again more efficient than the best gas furnaces on the market.
- They do their work silently, leaving you in peace instead of having to listen to a noisy outdoor fan moving air through compressor coils.
- Because their simple task is to pump liquid through the underground coils, the units can be installed indoors, where they are protected from hot and cold weather and potential damage from accumulated dust and dirt.
- Even though they require an upfront investment, they eventually pay for themselves due to their remarkable efficiency.
The experts at Glasco Heating & Air Conditioning are ready and eager to answer your questions about geothermal heating and cooling. Contact us today.
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