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Making Geothermal Heating and Cooling Part of Your Life

by Kuhrich on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Today we largely use electricity and gas to heat or cool our homes, but it wasn’t always so; once upon a time we relied on the architecture of our homes to provide the cooling and heating we needed in times of extreme climate. Of course, today, we’re not as worried about extreme climate as we are about comfort, and as such, we’re more and more just looking for that perfect temperature that will allow us to feel comfortable in our own skin. Many homes are today turning to geothermal heating to get both in a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly way.

Going Deep into the Earth

Geothermal heating and cooling function a little differently. Geothermal heat pumps work like regular heat pumps, using high-pressure refrigerant to capture and move heat between the indoor area and the outdoor area. However, while your normal heating system gets its heat – or gets rid of its heat – from the outside air, geothermal heating systems transfer heat through its system which is buried in the ground. If you go deep enough, after all, the earth’s temperature is a steady 50 degrees, regardless of the temperature on the surface. Thus, you always have a way to pull heat into your home or dump it into the earth.

Geothermal systems are useful and in many ways superior to their more common counterparts for a number of reasons. They do not produce noxious fumes and generally speaking, your home will smell fresher and cleaner for not having to deal with the chemicals that most heating and cooling systems entail. You will not have the noise pollution that often accompanies more complex environmental temperature control systems, either. Instead, you’re free to enjoy your comfortable, temperature-controlled home without any of these inconveniences.

Putting Your Worries to Rest

There are some concerns about geothermal systems like these, but they are easily put to rest. For example, there are those who argue that the technology is not renewable because it uses a degree of electricity, but these systems typically use such a minimal amount of electricity that it is practically nonexistent. It is also argued that photovoltaic and wind power are superior renewable technologies, but the fact is that the use of geothermal energy reduces your carbon footprint four times more than those two other alternative energy sources. As awesome as solar power and wind power is, geothermal power obviously plays a vital role in the future reduction of our carbon footprints.

Others fear that you need lots of space to install the piping earth loops for the system, but that’s not the case either. The truth is that this method of heating and cooling is easy, cost-effective, and great for the environment. What’s not to love?

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com