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.
Geothermal systems require planning and take longer to install than standard heat pumps and air conditioners. They also will not work on every property. However, if a geothermal heat pump is right for your home, there are some excellent reasons to consider installing one:
Because geothermal heat pumps use the stable heat of the earth below the frost line (deeper than 6–10 feet) for heat exchange, they are more efficient than standard heat pumps, which must deal with the sometimes extreme temperature fluctuations of the outdoor air. A geothermal heat pump will usually pay back its installation cost in 5 years thanks to the savings through energy efficiency.
Few home comfort systems will last as many years as a geothermal heat pump. The indoor components will endure for 20+ years, while the coils will last more than 50. That’s a huge amount of time you’ll have to reap the energy savings from the system’s efficient performance.
Good for the environment
Going geothermal is a good way to make your home more “green.” Geothermal systems provide fewer emissions than standard heating and cooling systems, helping to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas build-up.
Cooling and heating
Like any heat pump, investing in a geothermal system means you are getting more than a great air conditioning system. You’re getting a great heating system as well.
If you would like to know more about installing geothermal heating and cooling for your home in Pensacola Beach, FL, call the professionals at Kool Breeze today.