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Replacing Your Heating Unit With Geothermal Options

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A geothermal system is an affordable solution if a homeowner wants a renewable energy option for their HVAC. These systems work well in both small and large homes. While installing a geothermal HVAC system is a significant project, its benefits may far outweigh the costs. 

Know The Basic Way A Geothermal HVAC System Works 

Individuals often think a geothermal HVAC system requires a hot spring or other active heat sources. Yet, these systems work by harnessing the heat retained in the ground. A geothermal system works by transferring heat between the ground and the home. The temperature under the ground will generally remain consistent throughout the year. As a result, a geothermal system can use a heat pump to take advantage of this fact. These systems will pump refrigerant, water, or other substances through pipes buried under the ground to transfer heat.

A Geothermal System Is Not Limited To Only Providing Heat

Geothermal systems are often associated with heating a home's interior. However, these systems can be configured to provide cooling capabilities. When the geothermal unit is in cooling mode, it will move heat from inside the home to the ground. If this is a feature you want for your system, it is necessary to review potential units to ensure they offer this capability. While you may have to pay more for this type of unit, it can give your home a much greater degree of flexibility in terms of temperature management.

Geothermal Heating And Air Can Be Significantly More Efficient

Efficiency is a primary goal when choosing an HVAC system for the house. Geothermal heating and air can have significantly better performance than conventional HVAC systems. Transferring heat is more efficient than conventional systems because the unit does not have to actively cool or heat air. In contrast, an AC unit or furnace must expend considerable energy to warm or cool the air before distributing. This need can make these systems among the most energy-intensive appliances in your house.

While these units are more energy-efficient, their maximum heating or cooling capacity may be lower than traditional systems. As a result, they may not be an effective primary HVAC system for homes in areas with extreme temperatures. However, they can serve as excellent supplementary heating or cooling sources. This can reduce the strain on your more energy-intensive primary HVAC system.

Maintaining A Geothermal Heating And Air System Is Not Difficult

Like traditional HVAC systems, maintaining a geothermal system will require your attention. Having a professional technician complete this work is the most reliable option for meeting these needs. These professionals will have the tools needed to measure the fluid levels in the system and assess the condition of mechanical components.

Contact heating replacement services to learn more about your options.