What is a Geothermal System?

Oct 24, 2023 | Furnace | 0 comments

Harnessing Earth’s Heat: Geothermal Systems

Geothermal systems are a remarkable and eco-friendly way to tap into the Earth’s natural heat reservoirs, using them to heat and cool our homes, generate electricity, and even grow plants. Below, we’ll explore just how a geothermal system works and why we’re installing more and more of them each year.

How Do Geothermal Systems Work?

The Earth’s interior stays at a constant temperature, typically warmer than the surface during the winter and cooler during the summer. A Geothermal System uses this temperature difference to regulate your indoor climate.

If you’d like to nerd out with us, here’s exactly what happens:

  1. Heat Exchange: Geothermal systems use a series of underground pipes filled with a heat-transfer fluid, typically water or a mixture of water and antifreeze. These pipes, known as “ground loops,” are buried several feet below the surface.
  2. Heat Transfer: In the winter, the fluid in the ground loops absorbs heat from the Earth and carries it to the geothermal heat pump in your home.
  3. Heat Distribution: The geothermal heat pump then transfers this heat to the building’s air or water distribution system, providing warmth.
  4. Reverse Cycle for Cooling: In the summer, the system works in reverse. It absorbs heat from your home and releases it into the Earth, effectively cooling the indoor space.
  5. Energy Efficiency: Unlike traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal systems are highly efficient, as they do not rely on burning fuel or using electricity to generate heat or cool air.

Residential Geothermal Heating & Cooling

Geothermal heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular for homes, as they provide consistent heating and cooling, reduce energy bills, and require minimal maintenance. We just recently installed this new Geothermal Heating & Cooling System in a home on the northwest side of Columbus so they’ll be toasty warm (and saving some money!) this winter.

If you’re curious about what units we have, what installation looks like, or any other curiosity, our team would love to help. Just shoot us a call or message!