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Geothermal heating and cooling systems can reduce your energy costs by up to 80% a year, when compared to a natural gas system. In fact, an average home can be heated for about $1 a day! Is geothermal heating and cooling right for you? Our team at Russell’s Heating & Cooling can help you decide.
What is Geothermal Energy?
Geothermal energy is heat that occurs naturally underground (which is about 50 degrees year-round). In the case of geothermal system, water is pumped through underground loops of piping where it is warmed to an even 50 degrees then flows back into a heat pump in your home. Geothermal energy is self-sustaining and renewable, which makes it a great way to heat and cool your home very efficiently. Once a geothermal system is installed, only a little electricity to run the heat pump is needed—no natural gas, fuel oil or high electric bills to pay! Geothermal systems pair very well with photoelectric solar arrays if your are considering adding solar to your home.
Heating and Cooling with Renewable Energy in the Chesapeake Area
Like traditional heat pump heating and cooling systems, geothermal HVAC systems also transfer energy instead of burning a fuel to create energy. They tap into the natural energy found just below the surface of your yard. Russell’s Heating & Cooling uses ClimateMaster geothermal systems, which offer a 400% efficiency improvement over traditional heating system. Plus, they control humidity for a more comfortable home all year long. ClimateMaster systems are durable—typically 20-plus years—and can be installed in most houses.
Underground Loop Systems Tap the Earth’s Energy
Geothermal systems circulate water or antifreeze through a loop of tubing that is placed into trenches and buried underground. The water circulates through the tubes to be warmed to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the returns to the ground source heat pump in your home.
Heat Pump Connection
The warmed water or antifreeze from the ground is passed through a heat pump to transfer the energy to heat or cool your home. Because the heat pump is located inside your home, it doesn’t have to work as hard as an exterior heat pump. The ground source heat pump is connected to the heating and cooling ductwork in the home.
Renewable Energy Savings for Heating and Cooling
Geothermal HVAC systems offer several advantages over the life of a home. The biggest savings come from the elimination of natural gas or oil bills. How much you save depends on your family’s total energy consumption. Some state and federal tax incentives may apply to your home. Russell’s Heating & Cooling can walk you through the incentives currently available.