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Should I Install a Geothermal System this Fall?

Here in Florida we haven’t quite gotten to heating season yet, even though most of the rest of the country has. However, it’s never too early to prepare your home for the cold season. If you’re in the market for a new home heating system, why not take a look at geothermal heating. Let’s examine how geothermal heating operates, and why you might want to install one in your home.

What is a Geothermal System?

A geothermal system is a heat pump, something that is capable of acting as both a heater and an air conditioner depending on which way it moves heat. Unlike other heat pump types, however, geothermal systems work by tapping a subterranean thermal energy source. Once you get around 30 feet underground, the temperature is a constant 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit. The system utilizes this thermal energy using a large pipe loop that is buried on the property. The loop is filled with water, which is cycled through the system during operation. This provides a limitless source of renewable thermal energy that the geothermal system can use to heat the home. During the summer, the system can vent heat from the home underground in order to cool it.

The Advantages of Geothermal Systems

Just like any heat pump system, a geothermal system can both heat and cool your home by reversing the flow of refrigerant. This saves you hundreds, possibly even thousands, of dollars that would otherwise have to be spent on a separate system. Geothermal systems are among the most energy efficient climate control systems on the planet. If you’re looking for the perfect climate control system, a geothermal system might be just the thing for you.

If you’d like to install a geothermal system in your home, call Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. Our technicians cover all of Macclenny, FL.  

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