Geothermal Heat Pumps
Did you know you can heat and cool your home naturally using the earth? Geothermal heat pumps are increasingly popular, and it's not hard to see why.
The ground is an excellent temperature regulator below the surface. During cold weather, a few feet underground maintain a higher temperature. Want to learn more about these systems? Our team at Better World Builders can walk you through the entire process.
How Do Geothermal Heat Pumps Work?
Geothermal systems circulate a treated antifreeze liquid through a closed underground loop. On a chilly day, the earth heats the liquid. A ground heat exchanger extracts the heat from the liquid and transfers it to the heat pump, which dispenses the heat throughout your Portage, MI, area home. During the summer, the heat pump works in reverse, like an air conditioner. It removes heat and humidity from your indoor air and moves it above the ground. The chilled air it returns to your home cycles back through your ductwork into your home.
Some Geothermal Heat Pump Facts
There are plenty of reasons geothermal heat pumps are unique:
- They are among the greenest systems on the market.
- These systems don't burn gas but instead rely on the sun's energy that's naturally deposited into the ground.
- The geothermal heat pump offers both heating and cooling. Many conventional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems require the combination of two units: an air conditioner plus a furnace or boiler.
- You can apply for energy tax credits. The IRS allows a yearly deduction for a geothermal system, including the cost of installation.
- Geothermal heat pumps use up to half as much electricity as a standard HVAC unit. By making the switch, you can save up 70 percent on your heating costs and up to 50 percent on your cooling costs per year, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- You can expect your geothermal heat pump to operate efficiently for up to 25 years and the piping to last over 50 years. This long-lasting investment will increase your home value.
Geothermal Heat Pump Installation and Replacement
The geothermal heat pump is an exciting project to embark on, and our Better World Builders team of HVAC professionals will be with you every step of the way.
We'll need to assess your Portage, MI, area property to figure out the right piping system for you. The construction process will require excavation. If you have a well on your property, the excavation may be simpler. Smaller lots may require a deeper dig to create a vertical loop, while large properties allow the piping to spread out horizontally at a shallower depth.
Additionally, we'll need to take measurements in your living spaces to ensure the heat pump properly circulates air
where you need it most. Want to see how a geothermal heat pump might look in your home? Talk to one of our knowledgeable Better World Builders team members for a free consultation and accurate estimate.