Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source which is environmentally friendly. The natural geothermal power of the earth is more energy-efficient compared to other home heating and cooling systems. This potential energy is stored within the ground and is harnessed by using a geothermal heat pump. The system is installed in homes where there is sufficient land because it requires a series of pipes to be located underground. The pipes are run horizontally and vertically to create a series of up and down sections that are sealed with a special heat transfer coating. The pipes are connected to the geothermal heat pump inside the home.
Geothermal systems are considered to be one of the most efficient methods for heating and cooling homes. The systems give off a very small amount of carbon emissions. Since they are using a natural and renewable energy source, the operation of geothermal heat pumps is regarded as safe and clean. They do not rely upon fossil fuels. There are not potential hazards from carbon monoxide, flames, odors, or other risks associated with conventional furnaces, heat pumps, and air conditioners.
Geothermal units emit substantially less noise pollution than traditional air conditioners. Units are installed inside the home, so there are no external units with large fans making excessive noise. Rather, geothermal heat pumps are no louder than a refrigerator. Most people do not even realize their geothermal heat pump is operating, since it is so quiet.
Geothermal heating systems are sealed systems. They circulate a water mixture through the pipes, extracting heat from the ground and using it to heat the home in the winter. During the summer months, the process is reversed, and the heat pump draws hot air out of the home and exchanges it for cooler ground air. To better illustrate, the ground is naturally heated by the rays of the sun year round. The ground temperature in most areas averages around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, regardless of the actual air temperatures or time of year.
The geothermal heat pump uses the naturally heated ground to heat and cool a home far more efficiently. Homeowners with a geothermal system have lower energy bills by as much as 80 percent, compared to other energy sources. Up to 2,000 square feet is able to be heated or cooled for about $1 in energy costs per day. In addition, some geothermal heat pumps can be connected to water heaters to help heat hot water. This supplemental hot water heating reduces hot water energy bills by up to 40 percent, further increasing energy savings for homeowners. During the summer months, the hot water created from cooling the home can be directly deposited into the hot water heater.
Geothermal heat pumps have low maintenance costs and only require periodic inspections and regular filter changes. With conventional systems, you have to have maintenance performed on every individual piece of the home’s central heat and air system. Further, geothermal systems offer improved comfort because they remove humidity from the air during the warmer summer months, add humidity during the colder, dryer winter months, and eliminate the hot and cold air pockets common with conventional heating and cooling.
Many homeowners are surprised by the high installation costs for geothermal systems. However, it is important to look beyond these initial costs. The costs are often recovered in fewer than five years after installation. Some homeowners finance the installation costs, and the energy savings they experience easily cover the loan payment. The cost of the system may be even tax deductible or provide other tax benefits.
Installing a geothermal heat pump has numerous benefits for homeowners. Not only do people realize substantial energy savings over the life of the unit, but also help the environment by reducing their carbon footprints.
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