Geothermal heating and cooling systems work by drawing on underground temperatures, which don’t fluctuate as dramatically as aboveground temperatures. In winter, a geothermal heating system will absorb the cool air in your home.
This cool air is then transferred to an underground loop where it becomes absorbed by the earth’s warmer temperatures. Geothermal heating systems then pump the warm air from the earth into your home to create natural heating.
What makes geothermal HVAC systems so popular?
Geothermal HVAC systems are fairly popular in the U.S. because they offer homeowners a more environmentally-friendly option to heat and cool their home. These HVAC systems have been used by homeowners for over 60 years.
What’s more, geothermal systems don’t emit greenhouse gases and only use a small amount of electricity. This can help save you money in the long run compared to the approximate 5% you’d save on heating costs by lowering your thermostat two degrees. However, despite their popularity, there are a surprising number of myths circulating around geothermal HVAC systems.
Consider the following four myths and facts about geothermal heat so you can feel knowledgeable about your own HVAC system in your energy efficient home:
- Myth: Geothermal HVAC systems are loud
Geothermal HVAC systems are actually incredibly quiet. Additionally, there isn’t any equipment placed outdoors to bother you or your neighbors.
- Myth: Geothermal HVAC systems use electricity, so they aren’t renewable energy
Geothermal HVAC systems don’t release any greenhouse gases. They also use only one unit of electricity for every five units of heating and cooling they draw from the earth. Therefore, they’re considered renewable energy.
- Myth: Geothermal HVAC systems will wear out quickly
All technology needs maintenance to keep it running. Geothermal HVAC systems are no different. However, they can last decades with proper care and the earth loops they use to heat and cool your home can last even longer.
- Myth: Geothermal HVAC systems can’t heat multiple parts of the home
Your geothermal system can be set up in such a way that you’d be able to heat your home, your pool, and your home’s water all at the same time.
Geothermal HVAC systems are a great way to make your home more energy efficient.
For more information on geothermal heating and air, call Comfort Master Heating and Air today.