Geothermal Heat Pumps
What Is Geothermal Energy?
Geothermal energy is heat from the Earth that can be found almost anywhere, including Massachusetts.
Geothermal heating capitalizes on the fact that temperatures in the Earth remain fairly constant when digging just a few feet below the surface. Whether you are located somewhere that temperatures fluctuate or elsewhere with a more constant temperature, below the surface it remains more or less the same regardless.
The upper part of Earth’s crust - first ten feet approximately - can maintain a temperature of 50°F to 60°F. Geothermal heat pumps can use this energy to heat and cool spaces while using less energy than a traditional HVAC system.
Geothermal heat pumps transfer heat from the Earth to your home and back out. Because these pumps harness the Earth’s available energy, they can save you anywhere from 30 to 70 percent on your bill over the next five to ten years.
Say it’s 5°F one night during the winter, and you have your thermostat set for a cozy 72°F in your home. It takes a lot less energy to reach your desired temperature if the starting point is 55°F using a geothermal heat pump.
How Does Geothermal Work?
Geothermal systems do not burn fossil fuels but rather use a series of equipment and piping to transfer the Earth’s energy to and from your home. A heat pump exchanger is a series of pipes called “the loop”. These pipes are buried underground vertically or horizontally depending on the geography of the region. A fluid (usually a mixture of water and environmentally friendly antifreeze) is circulated through the pipes to absorb and dispel the heat from the ground. This heat is then extracted by the unit and moves through your living spaces using conventional ductwork air delivery systems.
Don’t Let The Name Fool You!
Geothermal heat pumps can heat and cool and are even equipped to provide hot water.
Will It Work In My Building?
Geothermal heat pumps are flexible and can be installed in new construction or retrofitted to work with existing systems.
Geothermal Is Environmentally Friendly!
Geothermal systems require very little maintenance and are environmentally conscious. These systems use the least amount of electricity, reduce air and water pollution, and produce the fewest emissions. They are safe for the environment as well as your Sudbury, MA home. They also provide the most stable comfort level, with more efficient humidity control and less noise.