When considering how to improve one’s home, a person usually thinks about what he can see. The roof, the siding, the windows, and the interior paint colors all are essential for a safe and comfortable home. A homeowner usually does not recall the heating and cooling system firsthand. The air temperature of your home is one of the most integral parts of your home’s comfort. However, when considering improvements, you don’t need to settle for what’s most popular. Geothermal energy is the little-known alternative that’s only gaining in popularity.
What Is Geothermal Energy?
Geothermal energy is the energy found in the ground. Not far beneath the surface, the earth’s temperature is nearly constant year-round, resting between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Residential geothermal systems have a series of pipes laid underground and connected to a heat pump in the home, either in the basement or on the ground floor. Fluid in the pipes carries the temperature of the earth to the pump. One only needs a little electricity to adjust the system to produce the desired temperature in the home.
The Rise in Geothermal Energy Use
As more attention goes toward “green building,” the awareness and interest in geothermal systems continue to grow. Already, geothermal principles apply in industrial sites and cities for district heating around the world. While geothermal power plants involve pipes reaching a mile or two below the earth’s surface, district heating goes down a shorter distance, and residential systems practically near the surface. This is a very important distinction! The United States, along with Kenya, the Philippines, and other countries, are the leaders in using geothermal energy in general. However, in 2018, advocates got the credit back, and business flooded back in full force. Consumers are becoming more aware of this energy source and its advantages.
The Benefits of Geothermal Energy
A homeowner may be comfortable with going with the standard gas or electric furnace. It is around half as costly to install as a geothermal heat pump system. If he is looking long-term, however, the savings may prove astounding. Like solar power, geothermal systems are taking practically free cool or warm air from the earth. Furnaces need to crank up the heat many more degrees than a geothermal heat pump does, as it is already at about 50 degrees. The energy savings are incredible. Plus, this system is quiet and unseen. Out of the way, yet performing with higher efficiency, you can better enjoy your home.
HVAC SYSTEMS FROM GROUND LOOP
If you are concerned about high electricity bills in the winter, consider investing in geothermal heat pumps to help alleviate some of those costs. 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, Inc.today.
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