What Are Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems?

Just a few feet beneath the ground we stand on, the planet’s temperature remains consistent. The average ground temperature in Ohio, USA is fifty four degrees all the year round. Geothermal heating and cooling systems make very good use of this stable environment to produce very efficient heating

heating and cooling.

During the winter, a network of pipes buried deep in the earth and containing a water based solution absorbs the heat from the ground and feeds it directly to a geothermal furnace. A pump inside a user’s home would then circulate the earth’s warmth around building through a series of standard air ducts.

During the summer, the process is geothermal technology is put in reverse. The heat is siphoned from the air within the home and fed through the pump to the network of pipes in the ground. The water based solution then carries the energy back into the earth. The only electricity required for the geothermal system to operate is for the ground pump, compressor and fan.

Is this Method New?

No, not at all. The technology to exploit this natural source of energy has been around for over fifty years. And in the United States householders and corporate businesses have been reaping the rewards of geothermal heating and cooling for more than twenty years.

Many refinements and improvements have been made to the apparatus used in this process recently, making it a very appealing way to heat your home or workplace.

What Benefits do Householders get?

Geothermal systems can reduce the householder’s fuel bills by as much as forty to eighty per cent. The system is also very easily maintained and provides a very efficient source of heating and cooling all year round. Users of this system will also have the satisfaction of knowing that they are reducing their carbon footprint and protecting the environment.

Geothermal systems do not rely on fossil fuels to produce their heat, thus producing no polluting toxins. They also produce zero carbon monoxide gases. Even when the emissions from the power plants that produce the electricity to power the geothermal systems are considered, they still produce lower pollutants than conventional heating systems.

Miscellaneous facts about Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems:

Geothermal systems are able to extract huge amounts of energy directly from your own back garden.

Forty seven per cent of the suns rays are absorbed by the earth in the form of thermal energy, that is five hundred times more than we can possibly use.

A geothermal heating and cooling system is able to extract this natural energy from the planet at an efficiency rate of around four hundred per cent during the heating season.

The heat is returned to the ground in preparation for another cycle during the cooling season, thus establishing geothermal heating as an excellent source of renewable energy.

Geothermal systems provide comfort to your home all through the year and are considered second to none. The system does not generate any on site emissions and are the lowest overall when compared to other systems of heating and cooling.

How Popular is Geothermal?

Currently there are more than one million United States based geothermal heating and cooling systems in operation. And, although this may be considered a small number, the amount of people who are opting to install this unique mode of heating and cooling is increasing rapidly by around twenty per cent each year.