Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Geothermal Heating’

3 Benefits of Geothermal Heating

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Geothermal heating is an ingenious method to heat and cool your home. The system involves coils planted below the ground, which circulate a heat-exchanging liquid. Once you get more than a few feet below ground, the temperature never changes, no matter how hot or cool it may be on the surface. That allows the liquid to bleed heat off from your home in the summer or pull heat in from the ground in the winter, providing an all-in-one heater and air conditioner for your Westlake, OH, home. Geothermal heating systems represent a significant up-front investment, since installing it takes money. It also requires a fair-sized property to properly implement. But what do you get in return. Here are 3 benefits of geothermal heating that you should consider.

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How Geothermal Systems Help the Environment

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

There are many excellent reasons to consider installing a geothermal heat pump (a.k.a. a ground-source heat pump) for your home. Like other heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps provide both heating and cooling, but they also work at higher efficiency during cold weather than standard air-source heat pumps because they use the stable temperature under the ground at their medium for heat exchange. This energy-efficient performance translates into long-term savings on heating and cooling bills. Geothermal heat pumps also have a lifespan that surpasses most other comfort systems, giving homeowners an even longer period to enjoy the energy savings capabilities.

But investing in geothermal power for your home is also an investment in the environment as a whole. In fact, the eco-friendly benefits of ground-source heat pumps are one of the main reasons that many people choose to install them.

To find out more about the many advantages of a geothermal heat pump in Bay Village, OH, call up our experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We have a history of excellent geothermal heating and cooling services in the area.

The environmental benefit of geothermal systems

If you are concerned about greenhouse gases, you’ll be glad to know that a geothermal heat pump produces far fewer harmful emissions than a furnace and less even than a conventional heat pump—and that’s even when you consider the emissions from the power plant that provides the electricity to run the heat pump.

Here’s an example of the difference that geothermal can make on a large scale: A 3-ton geothermal heat pump (about average for most homes) generates around one pound less of carbon dioxide per hour than an air-source heat pump. Because a geothermal heat pump’s interior components will last around 20 years, which is an average of 6–7 years more than an air-source heat pump, it will result in a significant lifetime reduction of carbon monoxide emissions. When you take into account that the carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. from residential and commercial air conditioning and heating systems is equivalent to all the carbon dioxide from vehicles, you’ll see what an important contribution to air quality a geothermal system can be. Installing 100,000 geothermal systems would be equal to removing the pollution from almost 60,000 cars.

If you would like to contribute to the growing number of homes that are helping the environment through geothermal power, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. Our professionals will find out if your house and property are suited for the installation of a geothermal heat pump in Bay Village, OH and then arrange to have the work done.

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How Geothermal Heating Will Help You Save Money

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Geothermal heating is somewhat of a new technology among heating systems, especially for private home use. As with any relatively new technology, not much is known about it among the general populace. What most people do know is that geothermal heating is supposed to be one of the most energy efficient heating systems available. Why is that, though? Let’s examine what a geothermal system actually is, how it works, and how it will help you save money.

What is Geothermal Heating?

Geothermal heating is a system that takes heat from the ground and uses it to warm the house. The system itself consists of a wide underground pipe loop, installed around 15 feet beneath the surface. This pipe loop can be either horizontal or vertical, depending on the space available for the system. The loop is often filled with water or some kind of refrigerant. Inside the house is the central heating unit, which is connected to this loop. The central unit is also connected to the home’s ductwork.

When the system is turned on, the central unit begins cycling the liquid from the underground loop through itself. The central unit leeches thermal energy from the liquid, which it uses to warm the air being circulated around the house. Then, the liquid will be returned to the loop.

How Does This Save Money?

The geothermal heating system is a type of heat pump, relying on thermal energy present in the environment to heat the home instead of burning fuel to create it. Most heat pumps utilize the outside air for this thermal energy, which is fine most of the time but becomes scarce during very cold weather.

A geothermal system, however, uses thermal energy from the ground. Below 10-15 feet, the temperature underground remains at a constant 50-60 degrees regardless of weather. This provides the geothermal system with a constant, renewable source of heat to draw from year-round. A geothermal system saves you money by utilizing preexisting heat to warm your home, instead of burning fuel. It also avoids the common heat pump problem of losing efficiency when the weather drops below freezing temperatures.

To schedule an appointment with us or if you’d like to know more about our geothermal heating service in the Rockey River area, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today.

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The Principles Behind Geothermal Heating

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Geothermal heating is actually a very old concept, going back to the 14th Century. We have more modern ways of dealing with it today, of course, and here in the 21t Century, geothermal heating can be used as a viable alternative to gas furnaces for heating your home. Indeed here in, Westlake, geothermal heating makes a lot of sense, both in terms of its efficient means of warming your home and in the reduced environmental impact it makes in comparison to boilers and gas furnaces. The principles behind geothermal heating are what makes it all work.

It starts with a physical constant: once you further down than a few feet, the temperature of the earth remains constant. No matter what the temperature is like outside, it won’t impact the ground itself past the first few feet of topsoil. That constant allows the right system to facilitate a heat exchange: pulling heat from the earth or returning heat to the earth, depending upon your needs.

That’s where the geothermal heating system comes in. It buries a series of looping coils into the ground, below the frost line and well past the point where the surface temperature can affect them. It then pumps a mixture of water and antifreeze through the tubes, which facilitates the transfer with the earth: pulling in the heat and transferring it back to your home. The remainder of the system then transfers the heat from the mixture to the air, and blows it into your home via a fan or motor.

Because it doesn’t have to create any heat – merely transfer it form the ground into your home – it takes far less energy to operate than other forms of heating. And because the bulk of the system lies safely underground (and features no moving parts in those sections), it’s much less prone to breakdowns and repairs. Geothermal heating and other heating system services in Westlake is offered by the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We understand the principles behind geothermal heating and our staff has considerable experience with their installation and maintenance. Call us today for a consultation and we’ll help you decide on the best heating for you.

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Benefits of Geothermal Systems in Avon Lake

Monday, January 14th, 2013

A lot of homeowners are looking for more efficient ways to both heat and cool their homes in light of the continuous rise in energy and fuel prices. Still more homeowners are concerned with heating and cooling their homes in more environmentally friendly ways. In both instances, a lot of homeowners wind up coming to the same conclusion. They contact a local Avon Lake HVAC contractor such as Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about the benefits of a geothermal heating and cooling system installation in Avon Lake. If you are one of those homeowners looking to reduce the cost and environmental impact of operating your heating and cooling system, contact us today.

A geothermal heating and cooling system offers a variety of benefits over other heating and air conditioning systems, even traditional heat pumps. While a geothermal system does use a heat pump in its operation, this heat pump does not draw heat from the air around it. Rather, a geothermal loop system is buried on your property and that loop system circulates an antifreeze solution. This allows the system to draw heat from the ground or even a water supply on your property. The benefit to this is the fact that temperatures at this depth are much more constant than in the air, making a geothermal system more dependable and consistent than air source heat pumps.

The biggest benefit of a geothermal heating and cooling system may be the efficiency with which it works. It does not consume a fuel to heat or cool your home but rather uses just a bit of electricity in order to transfer ambient, preexisting heat into or out of your home. This greatly improved efficiency allows you to keep your home comfortable all year long, during the heating and cooling seasons, with just one convenient system. The best part is that it allows you to do so affordably.

If you want to learn more about the installation or operation of a geothermal heating and cooling system on your Avon Lake property, contact Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today. Our geothermal experts can answer any questions that you may have. Let us help you heat and cool your home more efficiently.

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