Geothermal HVAC systems operate like heat pumps. But instead of the air, they move heat to or from the ground or water source. Since temperatures underground or underwater stay constant all year, they’re more efficient than conventional systems. They last for decades, and they can increase the value of your home in Tallahassee, Florida, home. Here are the main types of geothermal HVAC systems available:
Most geothermal units use a closed loop of pipes in the ground or a body of water. They’re usually plastic or copper. Refrigerant or water circulates through the pipes, and a heat exchanger transfers heat between the ground or water and your home. With a closed loop system, you can easily install radiant heating in your walls or floors. That way, you can keep your feet warm at home during the chilly winter in Tallahassee.
Open loop systems use well or surface water. After the water circulates through the pipes, it returns to the same well, another water source or a recharge well. These systems are only practical where there’s a good supply of clean water. An experienced professional can help you decide which type of geothermal heat pump is best for your home and make sure that you follow all local regulations on groundwater discharge.
Lake or Pond Systems
If you have a lake or a pond on your property, you can save money by submerging the pipes for an open loop system or a closed loop system there. Since installers won’t have to use construction equipment to dig into the ground, you’ll also save time and preserve your landscaping.
Central Heating Consultants has more than 60 years of heating and cooling experience. We can help you maintain, repair and install a variety of HVAC equipment, including geothermal HVAC systems. Call us at 850-270-4352 for an estimate and excellent service.
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