Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Geothermal’ Category

Is Your Geothermal System in Need of Repair?

Monday, December 26th, 2016 by Tom Vatter

In Florida, we certainly get our fair share of intense weather. Fortunately, we get a bit of a reprieve in the winter time. While other parts of the country are dealing with heavy snowstorms, frigid temperatures, and artic blasts, we are able to enjoy the outdoors for the most part. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can completely ignore our winter needs. A 43 degree night, after all, is going to be pretty miserable without a fully functioning heater.

Many Florida residents utilize geothermal heat pumps for their heating and cooling needs throughout the year. These are extremely reliable systems, and typically require very few repairs. However, no system is completely invincible, and you may find yourself in need of geothermal repairs at some time or another. Of course, you can reduce the chances of this occurring by scheduling annual maintenance. However, either way, it’s important to know the signs that your system is in trouble. (more…)

Is It Time to Replace Your Geothermal Cooling System?

Monday, May 2nd, 2016 by Tom Vatter

Geothermal systems are known as one of the most efficient ways to cool and heat homes. They are also known to last a very long time. Traditional air-source heat pumps are not able to provide much heating during the winter on their own. However, geothermal heat pumps are ground-source. This means that they use the steady temperature of the earth—which varies only a few degrees—to both heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer.

Despite their durability and versatility, however, geothermal systems are just like any other type of HVAC system in that they will not last forever. The good news is that in most cases, you will only need to replace the heat pump itself, and not the underground coils. So don’t panic if you do find yourself needing a system replacement. It is a good idea, however, to be aware of the signs that it may be time for a replacement. (more…)

Can a Geothermal System Be Fit with Zone Controls?

Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Tom Vatter

One of our specialties at Kool Breeze is installing and servicing geothermal heating and cooling systems (also known as ground-source heat pumps). We’ve found that this is one of the most effective and energy-efficient ways to provide year-round comfort for a house. Plus, geothermal systems have extraordinarily long service lives: the ground loops can usually last for more than 50 years! (more…)

How Geothermal Systems Operate in the Winter

Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

In the classic novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, author Jules Verne sent his three heroes down more than a hundred miles below the Earth’s crust—on foot!—to make fantastic underground discoveries. One of these discoveries was that the temperature did not increase substantially as they went deeper, even though much of the evidence of the day (1860s) indicated a hot core of the planet. (more…)

Yes, Your Geothermal System Needs Fall Maintenance!

Monday, November 16th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

Last week on our blog, we addressed why fall maintenance is such a vital task for your home heating system, even in a place with as mild winters as we experience in Florida.

But if you use a geothermal heat pump to provide warmth to your home during the winter, you might think that a fall inspection and tune-up isn’t necessary every year. Let us assure you that it is: most of your geothermal system is buried under the ground of your property, putting it out of your sight, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from wear and tear and other kinds of damage. (more…)

Geothermal Is a Great Idea for Heating Your Home: Here’s Why

Monday, October 12th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

Although we don’t expect to encounter deep chills during the winters in Northwest Florida, we still need to have heating systems ready to help when the weather starts to turn cool. The fall is a good time to start thinking about putting in a new heating system if your home needs one. We’d like to suggest that you consider having a geothermal system installed to help heat your home.

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If You Plan to Replace Your AC This Fall, Why Not Go Geothermal?

Monday, September 14th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

This is a follow-up on last week’s post, where we discussed ways to tell if you air conditioning system was due to retire and have a replacement put in. If you believe that the time has come to install a new air conditioner, you have many options aside from the conventional split system AC. You could have a heat pump installed, or try a ductless mini split system.

Or… what about a geothermal system? It might not have occurred to you, but a geothermal heat pump is a viable alternative for cooling in many homes. Let’s take a closer look it. (more…)

How Does Geothermal Air Conditioning Actually Work?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 by Tom Vatter

Are you thinking about going with a geothermal heat pump to provide cooling (as well as heating) to your home? That’s a great idea! But you probably have a few hundred questions that you need answered—maybe more. Well, that’s what we are here for. We handle installation for geothermal heating and cooling in the area, and we are ready to answer all your inquiries. (more…)

Look to the Ground Beneath Your Feet for Heating and Cooling

Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

No homeowner would turn down an efficient and reliable HVAC system. Considering just how much we rely on our air conditioners in particular, it’s important that they not only be there during the most brutal days of summer, but also that they operate as efficiently as possible. After all, aren’t your cooling bills high enough? Geothermal technology continues to provide homeowners with a long-term, high-efficiency solution for year-round comfort, though it is not nearly as well known as central air units, heat pumps or even ductless mini splits. But with increasing public attention surrounding the environmental side effects of excessive energy consumption, it might be time to see what the ground on your property can do for you. (more…)

Some Advantages of Geothermal Cooling and Heating

Monday, May 25th, 2015 by Tom Vatter

Among your options for cooling down your home this summer and many summers to come is a geothermal heat pump, also known as a ground-source heat pump. These home comfort systems use similar indoor components to a standard heat pump (an ­air-source heat pump), with an evaporator/condensing coil and air handlers to distribute the conditioned air. But instead of an outdoor cabinet with a coil and exhaust fan that uses the air as a medium for heat exchange, a geothermal heat pump has underground loops that use the heat of the earth as its heat exchange medium. (more…)