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Feb 06, 2020
posted by: McCall's Supply, Inc.
What Is a Geothermal Heat Pump?
If you’re looking for a green alternative to conventional heating and cooling systems, consider the product upgrade benefits of a geothermal heat pump.
If you are considering product upgrade benefits to your new or existing home, you might want to look at a geothermal heat pump. Lots of people have heard of them, but what exactly are they? Let’s take a look.
Look at Your Refrigerator
To know how a geothermal heat pump works, look no farther than your refrigerator. It is exactly the same premise. Take the warm air out of the fridge and replace it with cold air. If you put your hand at the back of your fridge, you’ll feel the hot air from inside your now cold fridge.
The heat pump simply takes the heat from the ground and transfers it to your house. Or, for cooling, takes the heat from the house and transfers it to the ground.
Clean, Constant, and Renewable
No matter what the climate is like where you live, a few feet below the ground, the temperature is relatively constant. Temperatures typically range from 45-75 degrees. Below ground, it is warmer than the air in winter and cooler than the air in summer. A geothermal heat pump simply exchanges the hot or cold air with the ground. These systems can heat, cool, and supply water to a home.
Electricity powers the pump, but there is no fossil fuel to burn as the ground is doing the heating and cooling.
Up Front Costs
There are currently about 50,000 geothermal heat pump systems in use in the United States. The limited number is partly because the initial investment is higher than a traditional HVAC system to install. However, depending on the cost of fuel and electricity in your region, you could recoup this investment in as few as four years.
When you are considering a new HVAC system, don’t overlook a geothermal heat pump system. It might be right for your home. Reach out to the experts at your local McCall’s Supply today to find out more about “green” alternatives and the product upgrade benefits of going geothermal.