As we head closer to summer, many people are turning their thoughts to air conditioning. If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, and being “green” is a priority to you, you may want to consider the installation of a geothermal system. Geothermal systems work very differently from other types of home air conditioning systems for several reasons, as we’ll explain below. Because these systems operate differently, they are also designed and implemented differently than traditional HVAC systems, so it’s critical to work with professionals who specialize in geothermal installation and service. The experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling are these kinds of experts, and we’ve installed and service numerous geothermal systems throughout the Pittsburgh, PA, area. This is why, if you are considering a geothermal system, we should be the first phone call you make.
How a Geothermal System Cools
The main components of a geothermal system are the ground loop, which is placed in the ground below the frost line, a ground-source heat pump and the delivery system for the air, which can be ductless indoor blowers or a ductwork system. To cool your home, the heat pump absorbs the heat in your indoor air, transfers the heat to the heat pump using environmentally-friendly anti-freeze, and then the heat pump releases the heat to the ground loop, where the heat is absorbed by the surrounding soil.
Benefits of a Geothermal System
So why consider this type of system? Here are some reasons:
- They also heat – geothermal systems don’t just cool your home, they can heat it, too. The process above is simply reversed, thanks to the heat pump technology.
- They are incredibly energy efficient – for every unit of energy a geothermal system uses to operate, it gives back 3-4 units in return; this makes them 300-400% energy efficient.
- They have very long lifespans – the heat pump will last approximately 25 years and the ground loop can last up to 50.
Does a geothermal system sound like it may be a good fit for your home in Pittsburgh, PA? Then give us a call today!