How a Geothermal Heat Pump Keeps Your Georgia Home Comfortable

A geothermal heat pump can heat and cool your Georgia home for a fraction of what you’d pay with other systems. Here is a brief overview of geothermal function and benefits.

geothermal heat pumpsGeothermal Heat Pump Function

Heat pumps are environmentally friendly. They work by capturing heat and moving it from place to place, taking it away from where it’s not wanted and bringing it in where needed. Air-source models use the air surrounding the unit as the source for heat transfer and release. Geothermal heat pumps, in contrast, use the ground outside your home as the place where heat is captured or dispersed. This gives a geothermal heat pump a heat source that stays at about the same temperature all year long.

Geothermal heat transfer occurs in a series of pipes, called the loop, buried about six feet underground. These pipes are connected to the indoor unit of the geothermal system. A solution of water and antifreeze, or plain water, circulates through the pipes. During heating operations, the liquid in the loop captures heat from the ground and brings it indoors. The heat is transferred to air inside the indoor unit, and the heated air is circulated through your home by the air handling fans. When providing cooling, the system works in reverse. Heat is transferred to the loop from your indoor environment and is released into the ground around the outdoor loop pipes.

Geothermal Heat Pump Benefits

  • High efficiency: Geothermal heat pumps produce heating at a 300 to 400 percent efficiency level, providing three or four units of heat for each unit of electricity consumed.
  • Lower costs: With a geothermal system, you can often slash your ongoing heating and cooling bills by 50 percent or more.
  • Consistent function: Geothermal systems work best in climates where temperatures do not frequently fall below 32 degrees for long periods.

For nearly fifty years, Ray & Son Heating and Air Conditioning has provided top-quality heating and cooling services to customers in South Georgia, including the communities of Adele, Valdosta, and Nashville. Contact us today for more information on the benefits of a geothermal heat pump.

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