How Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems Work

As focusing on efficiency and sustainability become front of mind for folks, geothermal heating and cooling systems are getting more attention.

Instead of utilizing fossil fuels, geothermal (or ground source) systems use the power of the sun, and the insulative capabilities of the earth, to efficiently heat and cool.

Geothermal systems consist of:

  • A geothermal loop
  • A geothermal heat pump
  • A distribution system

Instead of burning fuel like a furnace, a geothermal system pulls heat from the ground, transfers it to refrigerant in a closed loop system, and displaces it into the air in your home. Warming the space.

When cooling, the geothermal system does the opposite. Pulling the heat out of the inside air, transferring it to the refrigerant liquid, and displacing it in the ground.

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Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Although they can be more expensive on the front end to install, for some homeowners, geothermal systems can have a lot of benefits.

  • Lower operating costs. Since geothermal systems don't utilize fossil fuel, they are extremely efficient.
  • Environmental friendliness. Once again, the lack of fossil fuels and the high efficiency make these system very environmentally friendly. Working with the Earth instead of against it.
  • Long lifespan. If taken care of properly, geothermal systems tend to have a longer useful life then their conventional counterparts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Unlike ordinary systems, geothermal systems use heat transfer to and from the earth to provide more efficient, affordable, and environmentally friendly heating and cooling.

The three main parts of a geothermal system are the heat pump unit, the liquid heat-exchange medium (open or closed loop), and the air-delivery system (ductwork).

A geothermal system can be up to three to four times more efficient than most conventional systems.

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