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How Does Geothermal Heating Work?

geothermal-systemThere are a lot of ways in which homeowners may choose to keep their homes warm and cozy throughout even the coldest days and nights of the year. While most people are familiar with traditional heating systems like boilers and furnaces, there are other options out there to consider. The fact that you may not yet be familiar with geothermal heating, for instance, does not mean that it is not worth your attention. In fact, geothermal heating has many unique benefits to offer homeowners.

It is important to note that a geothermal heating system, like any other heater, is not going to be ideal for every home or homeowner.  For those that can and do take advantage of geothermal systems, however, the rewards are many. Read on to learn a bit more about how geothermal heating works, and why you may want to consider using a geothermal system in Norwalk, CT. As you’ll see, it is vital that you work with trained professionals when having your system installed and serviced, so be sure to keep us in mind.

Make Use of the Heat Beneath Your Feet!

A geothermal system is able to function as both a heater and an air conditioner thanks to the fact that it is a heat pump. The major difference between a geothermal, or ground-source, heat pump and an air-source heat pump is the fact that ground-source heat pumps exchange heat with the ground. This requires the installation of a geothermal loop system.

A geothermal loop system may be installed horizontally or vertically, depending upon the needs of the property. A professional geothermal technician will determine which type of geothermal loop best suits your property, and how best to lay it out. An antifreeze solution circulates throughout the loop, which allows for the heat transfer to take place.

In the winter,  when you need to heat your home, the geothermal system removes heat from the ground. The heat from the solution in the ground loop is exchanged with the refrigerant in the heat pump, which is then compressed in order to maximize its thermal energy. Upon condensing the refrigerant, heat is released and your home is warmed up in a very efficient manner. After all, you are transferring existing heat, rather than generating new heat.

In the summer the process is just reversed. Refrigerant evaporates in order to remove heat from the air in the house, its heat is transferred to the solution that circulates throughout the ground loop, and that heat is sunk into the ground. Even when compared to other heat pumps, the geothermal system has an upper hand.

You don’t have to worry about a geothermal system being overwhelmed when air temperatures are extremely low, because heat is exchanged in the ground where temperatures remain relatively constant. You also have the benefit of sinking heat into the ground during the summer, which is cooler than the air. That means that cooling with a geothermal system is also more efficient than with a heat pump requiring the dissipation of heat into the hot air outdoors.

Schedule your geothermal services with Celco Heating and Air Conditioning.

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