Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs), also known as ground-source pumps, are able to heat, cool and even supply water to a home by transferring heat from the ground.
With a GHP system in your house, you can cut your energy bills by up to 65% compared to traditional HVAC units.
If you are considering a GHP system for your house, here are some things to know about this option.
Any Climate. Geothermal heat pumps can be used in any climate, whether it’s a hot or cold climate. This is because of the earth’s constant underground temperature.
Options. You have several options when it coming to selecting a GHP system. This includes closed and open loop designs. A majority of the GHPs are closed-loop designs that use ground heat exchangers to circulate fluid. The plastic tubing is buried horizontally or vertically and can vary depending on the climate, soil, accessibility to water and other factors.
Lifespan. Geothermal heat pumps have a great, long lifespan. They are definitely a long-term investment and are built to last. You can get as much as 25 years out of the indoor components like the heat pumps, and 50 years out of the ground loops.
The upfront expense is substantially more than a typical HVAC system. But, keep in mind that, because of their lifespan and efficiency, you will see your unit pay for itself, typically within a ten-year timeframe.
And, it is because of this efficiency that GHPs can actually help to lighten the load on the electric grid, especially during peak seasons like summer. Not to mention, they can also help to reduce carbon emissions.
Knowing what you know now about these geothermal heat systems, don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or would like to discuss further about this option for your home. We’re here to help!