February 16, 2012
Heat pumps? What a neat idea!
Since green seems to be the word of the century, few household technologies are greener than a geothermal heat pump. How would you like to heat your home in the winter without burning any oil, natural gas, or propane?
Instead of burning fuel, geothermal heat pumps collect the Earth’s natural heat through a series of pipes, called a loop, installed below the surface of the ground. A heat compressor is used to concentrate the heat or energy pulled from beneath the Earth. That heat is then released inside your home at a higher temperature and distributed through your ductwork.
During the summer the process is reversed and excess heat is pulled from your home out through your underground loop which allows it to be absorbed by the Earth. This process cools your home much like a refrigerator is cooled, by pulling heat out not blowing cold air in.
Additional equipment is available to help reduce the cost of heating water in the home.
While the initial cost of a geothermal heating and cooling system is more than a conventional system, they are easy to maintain and typically last 15 – 20 years.
Geothermal drilling is a separate part of the project. The final cost will depend on if your system will utilize a deep vertical approach or if the loops are installed in a horizontal fashion.
That’s where Cribley Drilling Company can help. Call 800 697-6485 for more information.