Geothermal HVAC System | Air Conditioning Installation
Considering the operation of HVAC systems and the hot water heater are the two top energy consumers in homes, it makes perfect sense that saving significant money is possible with energy efficient selections of these two appliances. Homeowner’s interested in reducing energy bills should seriously consider selecting Energy Star rated HVAC systems for heating and air conditioning installation. When high efficiency systems are compared, the geothermal HVAC system offers the highest efficiency.
While there are a number of energy efficient systems available, the geothermal heat pump offers the greatest savings.
The Geothermal HVAC System
According to the Department of Energy, heating and air conditioning accounts for almost half of the energy consumed in the average home. Therefore, you can achieve the greatest impact in reducing energy bills by upgrading with a high-efficiency heating and air conditioning installation. The geothermal system is unquestionably the most efficient way to heat and cool a home, with the potential to save as much 70% on energy bills.
Outdoor temperatures vary and change with the seasons. However, underground temperatures remain constant. Depending on where you live, the soil temperature from 4-8 ft. beneath the surface, remains at a consistent 50 degrees. Ground source heat pumps circulate a liquid-based solution through an underground loop system, transporting existing heat, instead of creating it. As a result, they consume a fraction of the energy that other HVAC systems consume, and can significantly reduce your energy costs.
An additional factor to consider when comparing the options for a new heating and air conditioning installation, is that geothermal systems also have a much longer life cycle (20-25 years), and the loop field can last up to 50 years.
How it Works
During the winter, the fluid circulating through the geothermal system’s earth loop absorbs heat from the consistent temperature underground, and carries it indoors. The indoor unit compresses the heat to a higher temperature and distributes it throughout the home. During the summer, the geothermal system pulls heat from the building and carries it into the earth loop, where it deposits the heat into the cooler earth.
Geothermal HVAC systems have three main components: the heat-pump unit, the liquid heat-exchange medium (open or closed loop), and the ductwork used for the air-delivery system.
Geothermal systems require little maintenance. The heat pump component of the system is installed indoors, protecting it from harsh weather conditions. Typically, periodic inspection, maintenance, and filter changes are the only required maintenance.
Geothermal Heating and Air Conditioning Installation and Repair
Installation of a geothermal system is typically more costly, primarily due to the excavation required for the ground loop system. However, the significant energy savings the system provides can pay for itself in a reasonable amount of time, and continue to save you money during its extended life span.
The geothermal system is technically a ground-sourced heat pump, and signs of a malfunction will be similar to those in any heat pump. Signs such as rising energy costs, the loss of heating/cooling, or coil icing for example. Leaks to the ground loop are rare, and when they do occur, it is typically in systems nearing or past the 50-year milestone.
If you are considering geothermal heating and air conditioning installation, contact our certified professionals and we will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning’s certified and experienced HVAC technicians offer the expertise required for the proper installation of a geothermal HVAC system, or other high efficiency HVAC systems. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.