There is a myriad of different heating options available on the market today, each with their own unique advantages. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, the possibilities can become so overwhelming that you may be tempted to go with something with which you’re already familiar. Before you do that, though, should give serious consideration to some of the other options on the market. Let’s take a look at one of those options, geothermal heating, and how it can benefit your home.
What Is Geothermal Heating?
A geothermal heating system is a heat pump, which means that it uses refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. The system does not burn fuel to generate its own heat. Most heat pumps gather thermal energy from the air outside the home. Geothermal systems, however, rely on subterranean thermal energy in order to operate. They gather this heat using a pipe loop, buried at a depth of about 30 feet and connected to the system inside the home. At that depth, the temperature remains at a fairly constant 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit regardless of the temperature above ground. The pipe loop is filled with water to absorb the thermal energy. When in heating mode, the geothermal system cycles the water through its system to absorb the thermal energy. Then, it releases it into the home to heat it.
Advantages of Geothermal Heating
By not burning fuel to generate heat, a geothermal system is already quite a bit more energy efficient than traditional heating systems. Also, like all heat pumps, a geothermal system can actually offer both air conditioning and heating modes. If you install a geothermal system in your home, it will be the only climate control system you need.