What Is Geothermal?
Geothermal heating and cooling systems, also known as “ground-source heat pumps” or “geothermal heat pumps”, are the most energy efficient way of heating and cooling your home. Geothermal heating and cooling systems use renewable energy sources, in the form of solar and ground source energy. They rely on the sun to heat the ground at the earth’s surface. The earth absorbs a large portion of the sun’s energy, leaving a fairly constant underground temperature between 45° and 70° F. Geothermal Systems use a water solution, which flows through pipes buried in the ground (ground loop system), absorbing heat from the earth in the winter and moving it to the geothermal system inside the house. Once there, the heat is condensed and transferred to the air that is circulated throughout the home, providing warmth when needed.
In the summer, the process is reversed to keep the home cool. The geothermal system absorbs heat from the air inside the home and transfers that heat into the ground through the same loop system. This process keeps your home cool when the temperatures get hot. Because geothermal systems use the sun’s energy, which is always accessible, they can be installed virtually everywhere in nearly any application.
Lower Operational Costs: Geothermal systems provide 4 to 5 times greater energy efficiency than traditional heating and cooling systems. Your exact savings will be determined by many variables, such as your climate, thermostat setting and electric rate, among others. Most homeowners will experience a reduction of between 30 and 70 percent in their heating and cooling costs.
Environmentally Friendly: Geothermal systems have a positive impact on the environment since they do not burn fossil fuels and operate on a modest amount of electricity. Per the United States Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, geothermal systems are the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home.
Healthier & Cleaner Indoor Air: Because the system doesn’t rely on outside air, it keeps your home’s inside air cleaner and free from outdoor pollutants and allergens, providing a much healthier environment and tremendous relief to allergy suffers.
Better Comfort: Geothermal systems provide increased air purification and dehumidification compared to traditional HVAC systems. In addition to better air quality, geothermal systems provide consistent indoor air temperatures throughout a home, eliminating the hot and cold spots experienced with conventional systems.
Quiet Operation: Geothermal systems do not require noisy outdoor equipment like conventional air conditioners and heat pumps. Longer Life Expectancy: A geothermal system is expected to operate at high efficiencies for an average of 20 to 24 years. When compared to the average life expectancy of about 15 years for a traditional HVAC system, geothermal systems are a better choice.
Why Choose Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc?
Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc is a leading installer of geothermal systems in Central Wisconsin. Our expert design and installation, as well as skilled maintenance and repair of geothermal systems, makes us the best choice for all of your geothermal needs. Our expertise and commitment to excellent customer service will ensure you receive the correct unit for your specific situation.
We sell and install the GeoComfort brand of geothermal systems because their units possess the highest quality standards in the industry and are made in America. This commitment to quality means that GeoComfort systems are known for reliability and they also have higher heating capacities and better heating efficiencies than competitive systems. This means you will save even more on your energy bills! If you would like to learn more about geothermal systems and how one could benefit you, please call us at 715-301-0256.
4 Types of Geothermal Systems
Here are the 4 designs and layouts for a geothermal loop system: