If you're exploring heating and cooling options for a new home, one of the choices you have likely come across is a geothermal heat pump system. Such a system circulates water or a coolant material through pipes beneath the surface of the ground. Since the soil beneath the surface stays rather constant in temperature year-round, this circulation helps cool the home in the summer and heat it in the winter. This type of system offers many benefits, including:
Many heating systems are quite loud. Forced air systems make a blowing noise when operating, and air conditioner condensers tend to hum, which can be distracting if they're placed outside your window. A geothermal heat pump system, however, is almost completely noiseless. This makes this style of system a great choice if you have a baby you don't want awakened by the HVAC system, or if you need perfect silence to concentrate.
Geothermal systems use very little power. A small amount of electricity is needed to pump the water through the pipes, but this is far less energy than is required to power an oil or gas-powered heating and cooling system. Further, no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other contaminants are released when your geothermal heat pump operates. Even conventional systems designed to be eco-friendly have some emissions as they burn fuel.
As mentioned above, carbon monoxide is not produced with a geothermal heat pump system. Thus, there is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to your family members or pets. There is also no combustion involved, so you do not have to worry about fires as you do with a fuel-based heating system.
Lower Energy Bills
With most any other type of system, you will have substantial fuel bills associated with its operation. With a heat pump, however, there is no fuel tank to fill or gas supply to cover. The small amount of electricity used to power the pump won't add much to your monthly bills. Over time, you can expect up to 80% savings on your energy bills with a geothermal heat pump system.
If you're looking for an eco-friendly, safe, and quiet heating and cooling system for your home, a geothermal heat pump system is certainly a great choice to consider. Talk to your HVAC contractor like one from Actionaire Inc to learn more about this type of system and whether it is feasible for your home design and location.