Did you know you can heat and cool your home naturally using the earth? Geothermal systems are increasingly popular, and it’s not hard to see why.
The ground is an excellent temperature regulator below the surface. During cold weather, a few feet underground maintains a higher temperature. Want to learn more about these systems? Our team at Reliant Heating & Cooling can walk you through the entire process.
How Do Geothermal Systems Work?
Geothermal systems circulate a treated antifreeze liquid through a closed underground loop. On a chilly day, the earth heats the liquid. A ground heat exchanger extracts the heat from the liquid and transfers it to the heat pump, which dispenses the heat throughout the homes.
During the summer, the heat pump works in reverse, like an air conditioner. It removes heat and humidity from your indoor air and moves it the ground. The chilled air it returns to your home cycles back through your ductwork.
Some Geothermal System Facts
There are plenty of reasons geothermal heat pumps are unique:
- They are among the greenest systems on the market.
- These systems don’t burn gas but instead rely on the sun’s energy that’s naturally deposited into the ground.
- The geothermal heat pump offers both heating and cooling. Many conventional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems require the combination of two units: an air conditioner plus a furnace or boiler.
- You can apply for energy tax credits. The IRS allows a yearly deduction for a geothermal system, including the cost of installation.
- Geothermal heat pumps use up to half as much electricity as a standard HVAC unit. By making the switch, you can save up 70 percent on your heating costs and up to 50 percent on your cooling costs per year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- You can expect your geothermal heat pump to operate efficiently for up to 25 years and the piping to last over 50 years. This long-lasting investment will increase your home value.
Geothermal System Installation and Replacement
The geothermal heat pump is an exciting project to embark on, and our Reliant Heating & Cooling team of HVAC professionals will be with you every step of the way.
We’ll need to assess your property to figure out the right piping system for you. The construction process will require excavation. Smaller lots may require a deeper dig to create a vertical loop, while large properties allow the piping to spread out horizontally at a shallower depth.
Additionally, we’ll need to take measurements in your living spaces to ensure the heat pump properly circulates air where you need it most. Want to see how a geothermal heat pump might look in your home? Talk to our geothermal specialist at Reliant Heating & Cooling for a free consultation and explanation.
If we can help with the financial side to make a geothermal heat pump a reality for you, talk to us about our financing options. We are always here for you.
Geothermal System Repairs
Is your geothermal heat pump giving you grief? No need to worry. Although they break down much less frequently than standard heating and cooling equipment, it does happen.
Our Reliant Heating & Cooling team trains regularly to stay sharp, keeping up on the latest technology and techniques in the HVAC world. We pride ourselves on diagnosing and treating any malfunctions your system might have. Even if we didn’t install it, we can fix it.
Don’t let the thought of yard excavation scare you away. If there is an issue with your underground pipe system, our experts can pinpoint the leak by circulating earth-safe dye. If there is a leak, the dye will rise to the top of the soil, meaning we’ll only have to dig in that spot.
Think you might have an issue? Call us right away before it turns into a costly repair.
Geothermal System Maintenance
It’s no secret geothermal systems require less maintenance and energy than their more traditional counterparts, which use fossil fuel for energy.
However, professional maintenance checkups are an important way to protect your investment. Since much of the system is underground, it’s harder for you to spot problems.
During routine preventative maintenance visits, our Reliant Heating & Cooling geothermal experts will inspect your system thoroughly. We will check your electrical connections, internal components, and refrigerant levels.
Additionally, our professionals will be sure your heat exchanger and blower are running smoothly, and we will change or clean your air filter. We can also inspect your air ducts for needed repairs to help protect your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ).
Schedule maintenance today and join our preventative maintenance program—Reliable Care Maintenance Program. You’ll enjoy discounts on labor, parts, and repairs. Plus, we’ll remind you when it’s time for a checkup.
Learn More About Geothermal Systems
Do you have questions about our geothermal systems? Reach Reliant Heating & Cooling today at 717-430-0900 or request service online to learn more about our heating and cooling options. We’re pleased to bring you green technology.