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What is Geo-thermal heat

Geothermal heating is an eco-friendly and energy-efficient heating system that harnesses the natural heat stored beneath the Earth’s surface. This system utilizes a series of pipes, known as a ground loop, buried underground to extract heat from the Earth. During winter, the fluid circulating in the ground loop absorbs heat from the ground, which is then transferred to a heat pump located inside the building. The heat pump then uses this heat to warm the air or water, providing heating for the building’s interior spaces or for domestic hot water.

One of the key advantages of geothermal heating is its high efficiency and sustainability. Unlike traditional heating systems that rely on fossil fuels, geothermal heating systems utilize renewable energy from the Earth’s heat, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced carbon emissions. Additionally, geothermal heating systems are known for their longevity and reliability, requiring minimal maintenance compared to conventional heating systems. Overall, geothermal heating offers a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and reliable solution for heating residential and commercial buildings.

What is the Cost of a home geo-thermal system

There are three types of closed-loop geothermal systems:

  1. Horizontal loops are buried in trenches six feet underground and are ideal for homes with larger lot sizes to allow for proper spacing.
  2. Vertical loops are installed in holes up to 400 feet deep and are suitable for homes with smaller lot sizes that cannot accommodate horizontal loops.
  3. Pond loops are submerged in natural bodies of water, typically at least 10 feet below the surface.

On the other hand, an open-loop system utilizes water from the ground, a well, or a lake as the fluid inside the pipes.

When installing geothermal loops, particularly open and lake closed loops, it may be necessary to obtain zoning approval from state, local, or federal agencies. Therefore, it is essential to collaborate with an experienced professional who understands the regulations in your area.

The cost of a geothermal heat pump, including installation, can vary from $12,000 to $45,000. Your Sims expert can assess your specific needs and provide an accurate cost estimate based on your circumstances.

A properly maintained heat pump unit can last for 20 years or more, while the underground loops have a lifespan of 25 to 50 years, sometimes even longer. Therefore, the initial installation costs represent a long-term investment in your comfort and peace of mind for many years ahead.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Geo-Thermal Units

50-YG-geo-thermal heat pump by Carrier
50YG

A High-Efficiency water-to-air model for heating and cooling your home

  • Two-stage compressor enhances summer dehumidification

  • Quiet, variable speed blower for efficiency and comfort

  • Internal loop pump saves the cost of a separate system

GP-geo-thermal heat pump by Carrier
GP

This PerformanceTM water to air unit is designed to deliver total-home comfort all year round. It includes comfort features enhanced by a variable-speed blower motor and a 2-stage compressor with an optional upgrade for supplemental hot water generation. Corrosion-resistant coil for long life, microprocessor control and quiet operation make this a great choice.

GC-Geo-thermal heat pump by Carrier
GC

The Infinity® series GC model combines our highest efficiency closed- or open-loop systems with the smart, powerful and intuitive Infinity Touch control. These impressive forced-air or water-to-air systems offer the quiet, comfortable benefits of two-stage and variable speed operation; the versatile programming, energy tracking and wireless capabilities of Infinity Touch; and the superior energy savings of geothermal.

GZ-geo-thermal heat pump by Carrier
GZ

An outdoor geothermal system that pairs with a separate indoor unit for premium energy savings.