What is Geothermal Heating?
Geothermal heating refers to the use of geothermal energy for heating. Ground-source or geothermal heat pumps are able to heat or cool homes by transferring heat between the ground and the home. It’s even possible for geothermal heat pumps to supply hot water. Consumers have been using geothermal heating for more than 50 years. If you’re interested in enjoying the energy saving advantages associated with geothermal heating, here is some information about geothermal heating.
Geothermal Heat Pumps Can Be Used in All Climates
A common misconception that many people harbor is that geothermal heat pumps can only be used in certain climates. The truth is that geothermal heat pumps can be used in both hot and cold climates. The reason for this is that the earth maintains a constant temperature underground. This temperature ranges between 45° to 75° F. Across the world, millions of GHP systems have already been installed for the purpose of cooling and heating. GHP systems are more common in areas with high population densities and colder climates.
Open and Closed-Loop Systems
If you decide to get a GHP system, you will have a number of options to choose from. GHP systems usually have either a closed or open-loop design. The vast majority of GHPs in the United States have a closed-loop design for the circulation of fluid with ground heat exchangers. The pipes are usually buried vertically or horizontally and made up of plastic tubing. There are a number of factors that impact the design of a GHP system. A few of these factors include climate, local installation costs, land availability, soil conditions, and accessibility surface water and groundwater bodies.
Geothermal Heat Pumps Are a Long-Term Investment
One of the main advantages of geothermal heat pumps is that they have a long life span. You can expect the indoor components of GHP to last 25 years and the outdoor components to last more than 50 years. While the installation cost of geothermal heat pumps is relatively high, the longevity makes it worthwhile. In about a decade, you can expect your energy savings to cover the higher cost of installation.
Geothermal Solutions for You
For more information about the geothermal heating equipment that we offer in Brazos Valley, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Barker’s Heating & Cooling.