Since the temperature of the earth 10 feet below surface level is a constant 55 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, geother
In the wintertime, when the air outside your home is below freezing, just 10 feet below the snow-covered ground it’s still 55 degrees. In the summertime, when 96-degree weather comes around, the earth beneath your house keeps steady at 55 degrees.
You have probably experienced this phenomenon at home without even realizing it. When you go into your basement on a hot day, it’s nice and cool down there because the earth on the other side of your foundation is, you guessed it, 55 degrees.
In the winter, even an unheated basement stays relatively warm because of that consistent 55-degree insulation from the surrounding earth.
Geothermal systems take advantage of this naturally occurring constant as they harness the steady temperature surrounding any home to heat or cool it as needed.
Although it’s referred to as geothermal energy, geothermal and other home geothermal systems don’t make electricity, instead, they use the sustained temperature of the ground to heat or cool your home. By placing horizontal or vertical pipes in the ground, the difference in temperature is captured from the ground and brought to the home to efficiently heat and cool.
A geothermal HVAC system must be specially calculated, carefully designed and be professionally installed in order to work. We treat each project individually and are able to develop projects that include your specific needs. This could include heating a pool in your backyard.
The installation happens in three phases:
PHASE 1: SITE SURVEY – Our team will visit your home and take the measurements required to design the system to fit your home. The licensed installer will also look for any potential issues that could impact the success of your installation, as well if your yard is large enough for the ground loops (they could be placed vertically or horizontally by creating a hole approximately 6” in diameter, inserting the loop(s) and then filling in the hole). The installer will make the final decision on this during the home Site Audit.
PHASE 2: INSTALLATION OF GROUND LOOPS – We will coordinate with a driller to install a few ground loops, these are the underground pipes that exchange heat between the ground and the furnace. This part of the installation takes place outside your home.
PHASE 3: INSTALLATION OF A WATER FURNACE– Lastly, your local installer will remove your existing furnace and install your thermostat and preheated water tank. This part of the installation takes place inside your home, and it takes up the same amount of space as your existing one.
Contact us to schedule a free site audit.