Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source that offers clean and efficient power taken from the heat generated by the Earth’s core. You might have considered geothermal energy as out of your personal reach—it’s something you get from geothermal power plants, but you can’t imagine using the geothermal energy from right around your house for anything useful.
Good news! Geothermal energy is more accessible for your home than you may think. One of the most useful geothermal installations is a geothermal heat pump to provide your house with heating and cooling around the year. Indoors, a geothermal heat pump works similarly to a standard air-source heat pump—it releases heat or absorbs heat through a refrigerant coil and then a blower sends the conditioned air into the ductwork. But instead of an outside unit, a geothermal heat pump has loops buried in the ground (at least 6 feet below the surface) to both access and deposit thermal energy.
This may sound like a big project, but when it comes to geothermal in Downingtown, PA, our pros can make the process simple for you. And the benefits are tremendous. Here are several major ones:
Geothermal heat pumps are among the most energy-efficient HVAC systems available, performing as much as 3 to 4 times more efficiently than standard heat pumps, AC, and furnaces. The reason for this is that they use the stable temperature of the earth for energy which remains unaffected by weather conditions. Over the lifespan of a geothermal system, you can save thousands of dollars off your comfort bills. Most geothermal systems will pay for themselves in 5 to 8 years.
Reliable no matter the weather
An air-source heat pump can have trouble with extreme temperatures, especially in the winter. When temperatures fall below freezing, a heat pump will struggle to draw enough heat energy from the outside air and may need a back-up furnace. A geothermal heat pump, on the other hand, always has access to a stable amount of heat from underground so it can work with no problem in any weather extreme.
The indoor components of a geothermal heat pump have about the same life expectancy as an air-source heat pump: from 10 to 15 years. But the most expensive part of the installation, the ground loops, can last for much longer, often for more than 50 years. You have plenty of time to enjoy the energy saving benefits of this installation.
You may have noticed in our description that a geothermal heat pump doesn’t have an outdoor condenser cabinet because it accesses and releases its heat underground. A great deal of the noise that comes from a heat pump is from this outside cabinet, so you’ll enjoy more peace and quiet with a geothermal system.
Help the environment
As with any renewable energy source, such as solar power, using geothermal energy benefits the environment because it reduces the use of fossil fuels. You can significantly reduce your carbon footprint when you have a geothermal heat pump installed. Geothermal systems also do not release any harmful emissions into the air.