The Quick and Dirty of Geothermal Systems

Looking for an eco-friendly alternative to normal climate control systems in your Tallahassee, Florida, home? A geothermal system may be your answer. These ultra-green systems are designed for maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Here’s a quick breakdown of how these systems work.

What is a Geothermal System?

A geothermal system is a series of underground pipes that connect to a heat pump. These pipes take advantage of the natural temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home. The pipes can sit either horizontally around 6 feet underground or vertically at depths of up to 600 feet.

The system doesn’t use any fuel most of the year and has low maintenance costs. Unless temperatures dip dramatically, geothermal heat pumps can run in almost any weather. They’re designed to last up to 25 years. Therefore, you won’t need to replace yours as often as other systems.

How Do They Work?

The pipes of the geothermal system contain a fluid that circulates in a loop. This connects to a water-to-air heat pump and a heat exchanger. The systems work by essentially moving heat to the most beneficial location for heating or cooling.

During the cold months, heat from the earth is pulled into the loop and used to heat the air inside your home via the heat pump and exchanger. When it gets hot outside, warm air is pulled from your home and cooled in the pipes before being pushed back inside. Some systems even use the heat pulled from your home to heat the water inside your house.

How are They Installed?

Typically, a professional installs a geothermal system before completing the construction of a home. Because they’re underground, the pipework can be destructive to landscaping. They can also be retrofit, but construction costs may be more expensive. You’ll have to replace most of your landscaping work after installation. But the amount you’ll save over time is worth it for many homeowners.

Interested in learning more about our geothermal services? Contact the experts at Central Heating Consultants by calling 850-270-4352.

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