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The Science Behind Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are technologically advanced and environmentally friendly ways to keep your home comfortable. By even approaching the topic, we have to pull away from the average ways we heat and cool our homes, and dive more into the scientific nature of the earth, how temperatures are transferred, and where ingenuity can do something about it.

Basically, geothermal heating and cooling technology is a whole new way to think about comfort. So, if you’ve ever thought about investing in geothermal heating in Wabash, IN, then we’d like to take a little journey with you into the way these systems work and how particularly they relate to you, your heating bills, and the planet.

Sound good? Well, take a seat and grab something to eat. What we have to say might change the way you think about heating and cooling forever.

What Does “Geothermal” Mean?

Geothermal refers to the temperature of the earth’s crust. Thermal refers to temperature and geo refers to the earth. As we start figuring out how to use this type of heating to our own unique benefit, we need to understand how geothermal heating starts.

Many homeowners don’t know that if you dig down below the surface of the earth, temperatures range from 40-50 degrees all-year-round. That’s because the weather we constantly experience doesn’t affect what’s buried beneath the surface. Temperatures down there are stable and as long as the sun continues to shine on the earth, they will be for the next few billion years.

How Do We Use Geothermal Energy?

Are you familiar with a heat pump? Heat pumps, which we also offer, draw heat from one location to another using lines of refrigerant and electricity. This process is highly efficient because instead of creating heat like a furnace, heat pumps simply move heat from one area to another. So, what if we could use heat pump technology to move stable heat from the inside of the earth, right into your home?

Voila! That’s the simple gist of how geothermal heating works. We use water-filled underground pipes that circulate while gaining heat, to eventually run into your heat pump system that sends warm air throughout your home. In the summers, the water is cooled the same way it is heated, by depositing the heat in the earth’s crust and subsequently running chilled water through your heat pump system to cool your home.

Is It Worth It?

This is the real question to be answered. Geothermal HVAC systems are on average about four times more efficient than traditional, high-efficiency heating or cooling systems. They’re going to require a higher upfront cost since the installation of a heat pump and the underground water lines are fairly intensive. However, the cost of a geothermal system over its lifespan, both in energy costs and repair or replacement costs, is going to be a fraction of the cost that you would pay with any standard conventional HVAC system.

We’d say yes, for those who can afford it, a geothermal system is a one-way ticket to futuristic, high-efficiency heating and cooling.

Are you interested? Call the team at Collier’s today for a geothermal system. Collier’s—A company you’ve grown to trust.

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