What is Geothermal?
Geothermal power is the most cost effective, energy efficient and renewable alternative to today’s traditional energy systems like oil, gas and propane.
Throughout the year, almost 50% of the sun’s energy is absorbed into the earth where it maintains a consistent temperature just a few feet below the ground’s surface. Geothermal technology takes advantage of the Earth’s ground heat, a constant renewable energy source which is distributed all over the world naturally. This means that geothermal power is available to be tapped into regardless of the location and building type. The type of geothermal system (horizontal/vertical, open/closed, pond/lake loop) depends on the surrounding environment. To find out what system is best for you, click here to request a free consultation.
Ultimately, what this means for you is that installing a geothermal system provides you with a heating and cooling system that brings you year-round comfort, saves you money, and offers the added benefit of preserving the environment.
So, how does geothermal work?
In order to extract the amount of energy required for the geothermal application, a series of plastic pipes that form a vertical or horizontal loop system is buried underground. An environmentally friendly antifreeze and water solution carries energy directly from the closed or open loop system into the heat pump inside your home or office.
In the winter months, the heat pump acts as a furnace as it distributes the heat throughout the building using the system’s heat exchanger and compressor. In the summer months, the pump acts as an air conditioner, collecting the heat from your home and distributing it into your domestic hot water tank or back into the earth through the loop system.