Does Geothermal Cooling Exist?
If you’re a Fredericksburg resident and have questions about geothermal cooling, Robert B Payne, Inc. has answers for you.
In this article, Robert B Payne, Inc. answers the question, “Does geothermal cooling exist?”
What Is Geothermal Cooling?
Geothermal heating and cooling is often referred to as geoexchange, geothermal, or ground source heating and cooling. It utilizes the naturally occurring heating and cooling patterns and the consistent core temperature of the ground to more naturally heat and cool your home.
How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?
Geothermal works because the ground beneath our feet is warmer then the outside air in the winter and cooler in the summer. The set-up of a geothermal heat pump consists of an indoor component (the basic heat pump elements) and a set of plastic refrigerant loops buried at least 6 feet below the ground in the surrounding property. The loops circulate water, capable of absorbing or releasing heat from the ground, through them. In this process heat is not created; it is transported, therefore no fuel is burned.
Why Choose Geothermal Cooling?
Geothermal systems are far more energy efficient than air-source heat pumps, and the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a geothermal installation will pay back its initial costs in 5–10 years. Since the loops of a geothermal system last for about 50 years or more, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the savings that result for investing in geothermal cooling.