Breaking It Down: Vertical Loops Vs. Horizontal Loops

Geothermal Horizontal Loop System

Learn the difference between horizontal and vertical loops.

For the most part in the mid atlantic region, when discussing geothermal, vertical loops are the ones talked about. In fact, vertical loops are generally considered to be the more popular option for a few reasons but that doesn’t mean that people aren’t investing in horizontal loops either. Here are the differences between vertical loops and horizontal loops to help you better understand how geothermal actually works to heat and cool your home. Understanding the differences will better inform you of the best choice for your property- whether it be your home or your business.


Everyone wants to know which is better vertical or horizontal loops? So, let’s settle this once and for all. Which is better? The answer, as far as performance there should be no difference between a horizontal and vertical loop. They are the same because they are designed to be equivalent. Depending on the installation, there is typically double or triple the pipe installed in a horizontal loop to overcome the depth of installation. The result, less depth, but more pipe provides you with the same performance.


Save Money on Installation Costs

We all know how cost-efficient geothermal systems to a home and business. Everyone knows about the cost-savings associated with these incredible geothermal heat pumps. Horizontal loops can be installed more economically. The cost associated with drilling vertical loops 200’-400’ in the ground is more expensive than digging shallow trenches. The style of horizontal loop will determine the cost difference between vertical and horizontal. However, there is usually several thousand dollars difference between horizontal geothermal and vertical.


Vertical Loops

Vertical loops have advantages as well. In fact, the vertical loop is the more common loop, because of its size.  Vertical loops are much smaller than horizontal loops and will fit into almost any lot. In fact, most lots are not even large enough to handle a horizontal loop and vertical loops are the only options. Especially, in commercial buildings where the loops are much larger than in residential lots. These days, more and more homeowners are turning to vertical loops in their geothermal systems. This is particularly true for smaller properties.


Bottom Line

So which loop system is best? If both loops will fit, you as the client have to make a personal decision as to which is best for you. Look at budget, and how much yard you want to disturb, not at performance. As a result, there is no wrong answer. It is a personal decision which loop will best fit your home or business. Any loop with a geothermal system will save you money and add comfort for you and your family.




If you are concerned about high electricity bills in the winter, consider investing in geothermal heat pumps to help alleviate some of those costs. Geothermal systems are easy, efficient, and convenient when it comes to heating and cooling your home or business. With many experienced technicians available, Ground Loop Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can solve all your air conditioning system problems. If you are interested in creating the most comfortable environment for your family to enjoy, contact Ground Loop Heating & Air Conditioning,

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