If you’re considering a geothermal heating and cooling system, you are undoubtedly doing extensive research. This system is a game changer in the heating and cooling world, but it is complicated to understand and install. It is also more expensive than a traditional HVAC system, so you need to be confident in your investment. The trusted experts at Allied Services, Inc. can answer any question you may have about geothermal systems, but here are a few common questions and answers to get you started.
Q: How does a geothermal system work?
A: A geothermal heat pump transfers heat from the ground to your house through long loops of underground pipes filled with liquid (water or an antifreeze solution). The loops are hooked up to a geothermal heat pump in your home, which acts both as a furnace and an air conditioner.
Q: Will it lower utility bills?A: Yes. A geothermal heat pump is more efficient than conventional heating systems because it doesn’t burn fuel to create warmth. Instead, it moves existing heat from one location to another. Because underground temperatures remain relatively constant year round, the system requires a lot less energy to cool your home than conventional AC systems. A geothermal system immediately will save you 30-60 percent on your heating costs and 20-50 percent on your cooling costs compared to conventional systems.
Q: How long do geothermal systems last?A: The system has fewer parts and is protected from outdoor elements, so it requires less maintenance than other systems. The indoor components typically last about 25 years and the ground loop can last for over 50 years.
Q: What are the different types of loop systems?
- Horizontal System- Layered coils of pipes are placed in 6-ft deep trenches. This is the cheapest option but requires a lot of open space.
- Vertical System- Typically used when space is limited as pipes run 100-400 feet below the surface.
- Pond/Lake System- Draws heat from water rather than from the soil. Can be a low-cost option if you have a body of water nearby.
Geothermal systems offer several long-lasting benefits but do require a large upfront investment, so they are not ideal for everyone. To determine if these systems are right for you, contact Allied Services, Inc. today at (937) 269-5059. We provide geothermal technology in Dayton, OH, and the surrounding areas, and our experienced staff will help you decide which system is best for your needs.