Switching Over to Geothermal Systems
With the abundance of alternative energy sources available on the market, there is an abundance of sources to be found. While many consider investing in sources such as solar or wind, there is an untapped source right beneath your feet. Geothermal power is one of these alternative sources of energy that can serve a beneficial role in both heating and cooling in your home.
The benefits of geothermal energy:
- Environmentally Friendly: Geothermal energy is generally considered environmentally friendly. This system has a relatively small carbon footprint.
- Renewable Power Source: A source of energy that is generated as a base-load renewable energy resource, meaning that there is continuous production despite the change of weather. It is also flexible to the point of closing the gap between solar and wind. It is highly scalable, meaning they are small enough and can be set up to applications existing in communities.
- Wide Availability: The earth’s internal heat is available around the world. The only limitation is the capability to extract the energy. However, with advances in technology (geothermal heat pumps), individuals have been able to harvest this hot water from the reservoir below the earth to heat homes and businesses. Even so, advanced resources are needed for converting this heat into electricity at individual levels. With the rapid growth of technology, economic systems will be developed to convert this abundant heat into electricity by individuals in the near future.
This is only a brief overview of the advantages offered by adopting geothermal energy. If you are curious about this particular system, examine the following points.
How does it work?
If you were to descend into the crust of the Earth, you will gradually notice an increase in temperature. Geothermal heating and cooling systems utilize the stable temperatures from beneath the Earth’s surface using an underground pipe system. This system is referred to as a loop. Water circulates in the loop to exchange heat between your home, the ground source heat pump and the earth.
During the colder months of the year, heat absorbs heat stored in the ground through the water that circulates in its underground loop. The heat is then carried to the ground source heat pumps where it is concentrated and sent as warm air through your home.
Compared to a traditional heat pump, which strains under the cold weather, geothermal systems are able to extract and disperse heat through the circular ground loop system.
During the warmer months of the year, the system absorbs heat from your home and transfers it to the underground loop. Once in the loop, the geothermal heat pump absorbs it into the cooler earth and then uses cool water returning from the ground to create a cool, dehumidified air conditioning for your home.
How it Benefits You
Some homeowners shy away from installing geothermal systems due to the initial cost, but fail to view the bigger picture. When the geothermal system is fully operational, you’ll witness significant reduction in your utility bill (anywhere from 50-80%), plus they require low maintenance costs. Geothermal systems provide heating, cooling and hot water for your home at remarkably high efficiency (400-600%).
Most institutions tie the upfront cost of installing a geothermal system to your monthly mortgage remittances or other interest financing alternatives. The savings accrued from your utility bills could be enough to offset the increase in your loan payment, offering you additional cash flow.
In addition, the system itself is unbelievably quiet. As with ordinary heat pumps, the refrigerant in a geothermal heat pump runs in a loop through a compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and evaporator, collecting heat at one end and giving it up at the other. The direction of refrigerant flow, which is controlled by the reversing valve, determines whether heat is moving into the house in winter or being pulled out of it in summer.
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