Whether you’re building a new home or replacing an existing heating and cooling system, a geothermal HVAC system offers numerous benefits. In the Sumter area, ground-source heat pumps tap into unlimited quantities of free energy that are locked deep in the soil. For every unit of electricity, you’ll receive four to six units of heating or air conditioning, which puts money back in your pocket. To see if a geothermal heat pump is right for you, check out some of the features.
How Geothermal Systems Work
A geothermal HVAC system has two main components. The ground loop is a network of subterranean pipes filled with water. In the winter, the fluid absorbs heat from the ground as it snakes through the loop. During the summer, it releases heat into the cool soil.
Meanwhile, inside your home, a specially designed heat exchanger gathers energy from the water while a blower distributes the heated or cooled air through your living spaces. Ground-source heat pumps can also be used for water heating to further reduce your energy bills.
Geothermal Energy Savings and Other Benefits
Most consumers choose geothermal for energy savings, which is a strong selling point. These systems can lower your annual heating and cooling costs by 30 to 65 percent, according to the Department of Energy. However, there are plenty of other advantages.
- Because there’s no need for a noisy compressor outside your home, geothermal heat pumps are much quieter than air-source models.
- Despite the higher installation cost, geothermal heat pumps and ground loops pay for themselves after five to 10 years.
- These systems have an expected lifespan of at least 50 years for the ground loop and approximately 25 years for the heat pump, which lowers your ownership costs.
Hiring a Geothermal Installer
If you have questions about geothermal technology, you can find more information on our website or by calling Air Solutions Heating and Cooling. We’ll be happy to explain your options or to provide a free estimate.