Geothermal heating and cooling systems, also known as geoexchange systems, are on the rise in the United States, and there are many excellent reasons this is the case. Below is more information about this exciting option for indoor climate control and several advantages you can gain by using geothermal heating and cooling.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
In the 19th century, many Americans dug root cellars and used them to safely store vegetable crops for lengthy periods of time. Root cellars prevented crops from freezing in the winter and spoiling in the summer.
The reason root cellars worked so well is the remarkably consistent soil temperatures found beneath the earth's surface. Hovering in the mid-50s year round, this soil temperature range is often warmer in the winter and almost always cooler in the summer compared to average temperatures.
Just like early Americans, geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of these temperature differentials to provide tangible benefits. Geothermal systems are equipped with pipes that carry refrigerant through the soil. This refrigerant is the medium for the exchange of heat between the inside of the home and the soil.
The Advantages of Geothermal Heating and Cooling
There are many reasons geothermal heating and cooling can provide a superior experience for homeowners. These reasons include all of the following.
Impressive Energy Savings
Without a doubt, one of the biggest advantages of geothermal heating and cooling is its major impact on energy savings. Geothermal systems use much less energy than conventional heating and cooling systems, and homeowners can expect to cut their electric bills by about half as a result.
Low Environmental Impact
Since geothermal heating and cooling systems are so energy efficient, they also make a measurable positive impact on the environment. Fossil fuel consumption is much less with geothermal systems, and the lower consumption results in lower greenhouse gas production and reductions in other negative byproducts associated with the generation of electricity.
Quiet Operating Characteristics
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are some of the quietest heating and cooling systems available. These systems generate noise levels comparable to refrigeration equipment; in fact, the loudest component on a geothermal system is the air handler.
Conventional heating and cooling systems have an expected lifespan of fifteen to twenty years or so before replacement is usually considered necessary. However, geothermal systems can be expected to last much, much longer in most cases.
For example, the buried ground-loop pipes are usually installed with a 50-year lifespan in mind. Interior equipment may not last as long, but geothermal components are still expected to last at least two decades before replacement is required.
Another advantage of some geothermal heating and cooling systems is their ability to produce hot water. Systems equipped with hot-water generation capabilities "strip" heat from the refrigerant and use it to heat water. This heating ability offers additional reductions in energy costs by eliminating the need to use a standalone water heater.
Lack of Visible Outdoor Equipment
Geothermal heating and cooling relies on buried ground loops and indoor equipment and eliminates the presence of visible outdoor enclosures. Visible enclosures house compressors and condenser coils and can be distracting to some homeowners.
In addition a lack of outdoor equipment also provide an additional measure of security for homeowners with geothermal systems. No outdoor equipment means no targets for would-be thieves.
If you are interested in learning more about geothermal heating and cooling, then you need to contact an expert who can answer questions and install your system. Knight Heating & Air Conditioning is your go-to professional in southern Missouri and will help make a geothermal system in your home a reality.