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HVAC – Going Geothermal

It is an irrevocable fact that energy prices have been soaring higher and higher in recent years. Geothermal options are now being considered as the best way to reduce their energy costs. The use of a geothermal exchanger for heat is a method that consumers are opting to employ in order to conserve energy while cooling or heating their home. When you consider beginning construction on a new house or simply replacing your existing cooling and heating systems, it is advisable to take into account the obvious advantages that geothermal usage has to offer.

Checking out the Geo Options

At first glance, geothermal cooling and geothermal heating may seem more like science fiction than a viable heating and cooling source. Not so. Rapidly advancing technology and catapulted geothermal cooling and heating into a method of proven credibility in environmental control. Its acceptance has enjoyed a steady growth and it is quickly gaining popularity among consumers who wish to install systems that are more cost effective. In addition to the heating and cooling properties that it can give your room during nighttime when the temperature of the room tends to drop, there are those geothermal systems, which can even provide a home with a hot water system.

This economically wise move, can save up to 60 percent on annual energy bills. The Federal government and quite a number of states in the US are offering credits and tax incentives to those who install a geothermal HVAC system. These incentive programs are also finding their way into other countries outside the US, such as in Canada. Consumers should access their state government website or the electrical utilities in their area to learn about possible incentive programs being offered.

Pump it Up with Geothermal HVAC Means

Pump exchangers, as well as heat exchangers, are technologies currently used in the geothermal HVAC system. Property owners who are installing a geothermal system on their land should drill out a well so that the water the well offers will be pumped using a heat exchanger situated inside the home. This allows the home to be heated by the fraction of the latent heat derived from the water that is produced by the well. During the summer, the well water temperature generally considerably cooler when compared to the air temperature outside. This, in turn, will cool the inside air, thus providing air conditioning to cool the home. Supplemental heating such as gas, fuel oil, or electricity is advised with this system, particularly in regions where the temperature drops below 0 degrees.

The pump, as well as the circulation fans which draw out water from the well, is powered by electricity. This, in effect, means free heat for the homeowner due to the fact that there is no consumption of gas or fuel of any type in order to keep things running with geothermal HVAC system.

Energy Star offers an informative website where consumers can learn more about geothermal heat pumps, their viability for your specific system and needs and a guide to qualified contractors.

Geothermal Heat Pumps – Top 5 Most Common Mistakes With Geo Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps, also known as ground-source heat pumps, can be one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to heat and cool your home or building. However, occasionally geothermal installations go wrong, often as the result of an inexperienced designer or installer. Below are some of the common pitfalls and ways to avoid these issues:

1. Oversizing equipment.

Oversizing equipment is common not only with geothermal heat pumps, but also in more conventional equipment like air conditioners.

Many contractors still use rules of thumb for sizing equipment, and then add a large “safety factor” to ensure that the equipment is big enough for the job.

Not only do heat pumps use more energy than necessary when oversized, but oversizing leads to short-cycling of on and off, which wears equipment down much faster, just like starting and stopping a car.

Also, because oversized equipment has shorter run-times, you don’t get the same amount of filtration and air circulation throughout the home, which can lead to bigger temperature variations in the house.

A good contractor will provide you with a detailed ACCA Manual J heating and cooling load calculation for the home based on your insulation, windows, and other details.Read More

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