Looking for a new heating and/or air conditioning system? Feeling a little overwhelmed by the options that you have in front of you? If so, we understand. There is a lot to consider. And we don’t want to overwhelm you further, but we’ve got one more to add to the list. If you’re not paying attention to geothermal technology, then you risk really missing out.
Geothermal heating and cooling in Fort Wayne, IN, is really gaining momentum among homeowners. By the time you’re finished reading this post, you’ll understand why. Is geothermal right for every home and every homeowner? No. No HVAC system can make that claim. However, you may just find that it’s the system you’ve been dreaming about!
First, How’s It Work?
A geothermal system is a heat pump. Unlike a traditional air-source heat pump that exchanges heat with the air outside, though, a geothermal system exchanges heat with the ground. It does this by running an antifreeze solution through a loop system buried in the ground. There, it either pulls heat out of the ground, or sinks heat into the ground. A heat exchanger in the system allows the transfer of heat to or from refrigerant in the compressor unit. That’s a very high-level overview, but we’ll dig into things more as we discuss the benefits of the system.
1. Versatility Is Valuable
Heat pumps are renowned for their ability to both heat and cool homes. Unlike, say, a central AC, they are capable of reversing their refrigerant cycles thanks to a component called a reversing valve. The reversing of the refrigerant cycle, as well as the function of the indoor and outdoor coils, allows you to either move heat out of the house, or back into it. When you choose geothermal, you get heating and cooling in one system.
2. Energy Efficiency Is Exceptional
Because they don’t burn new fuel or use electric resistance in order to generate new heat, heat pumps, in general, are very energy efficient. Geothermal systems really take that to the next level, though. When you use a geothermal system, you are investing in long-term energy savings.
Because they draw heat from the ground, you don’t have to worry about a cold snap causing your system to work harder and use more energy. The temperature beneath the ground remains pretty constant.
Plus, it’s easier to sink heat into the cool ground than it is to disperse it into the hot air outside. That gives the geothermal system another efficiency edge over a standard heat pump.
3. Lifespan? Long-Lasting!
Geothermal systems have a vital component, the ground loop, buried underground! Once that’s installed, you don’t really have to worry about weather elements doing damage. And the other units manufactured today are going to last quite a while, as well. They will go before the ground loop, but that just means that you already have the really tough install out of the way! Make sure you leave your geothermal installation and maintenance to our team.