As the days start to warm up, some homeowners are going to be looking for new air conditioning systems to keep them cool throughout the summer. Centralized air conditioning isn’t the only way to keep your home cool, though. There are plenty of other options available to homeowners, one of which is geothermal. Read on to find out about geothermal systems, how they work, and the advantages of installing one in your home this summer.
What is Geothermal?
A geothermal system is a type of heat pump that utilizes an underground pipe loop to move thermal energy between the earth and the house. The pipe loop is typically filled with water, which acclimates to the temperature underground. Once you get around 30 feet belowground, the temperature remains between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The water remains at the same temperature, until it is cycled through the geothermal heat pump. During cooling mode, the system absorbs heat from the air much the same way as any other air conditioning system. Then, it vents that heat into the water before returning it to the underground loop to cool.
Advantages of Geothermal Systems
One of the major advantages of using a geothermal system is that it is capable of heating a home as well as cooling it. This saves you quite a bit of money you’d otherwise have to spend on a separate heater. Another advantage is that geothermal systems are among the most energy efficient systems on the market. This is because they rely on the infinitely available and renewable subterranean thermal energy to operate. If you’re looking for an effective and energy efficient way to cool your home, a geothermal system could be just the thing for you.
If you’d like to install a geothermal system, call Touchstone Heating & Air. We install and service geothermal systems throughout Lake Butler, FL.