What is Geothermal Energy and How Does Geothermal Energy Work?
Watch the videos and read below to learn how geothermal energy works for heating and cooling your home:
The ground absorbs nearly half of the solar energy our planet receives. As a result, the earth remains at a constant, moderate temperature just below its surface all year round. However, air temperature varies greatly from summer to winter, making air source (traditional) heating and cooling least efficient when you need it the most.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of the stable temperature underground using a piping system, commonly referred to as a “loop.” Water circulates in the loop to exchange heat between your home, the ground source heat pump, and the earth, providing heating, cooling, and hot water at remarkably high efficiencies.
In fact, ClimateMaster geothermal heating and cooling systems are 400-600% efficient and can cut your heating, cooling, and hot water costs by up to 80%.
Interested in geothermal for your home? Contact one of our friendly local dealers through the form on the right or use our easy geothermal savings calculator to see how much you could be saving!
During the winter, ClimateMaster geothermal heating and cooling systems absorb heat stored in the ground through the water that circulates in its underground loop. This heat is carried to the ground source heat pumps where it’s concentrated and then sent as warm, comfortable air throughout your home.
When you need heating the most, the air outside is coldest. As a result, a traditional air source heat pump works hard to extract the amount of heat from the cold air needed to properly heat your home. In contrast, a geothermal system consumes less energy as it easily absorbs heat from the abundant supply stored below ground, making geothermal heating significantly more energy efficient.
Gas furnaces burn natural gas to provide heat for your home and are only 98% efficient, while geothermal systems use significantly less energy collecting heat from the earth, achieving 400-600% efficiencies.
During the summer, ClimateMaster geothermal heating and cooling systems absorb heat from your home and transfers it to the underground loop where it is then absorbed by the cooler earth. The geothermal heat pump uses the cool water returning from the earth to create cool, dehumidified air for your home.
When you need cooling the most, the outside air is hottest. A traditional air source heat pump must work hard to force the heat from your home into the already heat saturated air. In contrast, a geothermal heat pump consumes less energy as it easily rejects heat into the cool earth, making geothermal cooling significantly more energy efficient.
In honor of national geothermal day 2015, here is another great geothermal testimonial. This one talks about a psychiatrist office that just installed geothermal heat pumps.
Homeowners David and Laura Grisar of Port Washington, Wisc., were building a new home and they didn’t want just any heating and cooling system. They wanted an energy efficient HVAC system that would provide underfloor heating, heat the pool, bring in fresh air, and control humidity in their big game trophy room, all while being sustainable.
May 19, 2015 – The city of of Montreal, Quebec, just announced that it is going to use geothermal heat to keep it’s sidewalks free of ice and snow in the winter. But these systems aren’t just for municipalities. With hydronic heating, you can use geothermal heating at your home, too.