Sustainable Heating and Cooling
A Geothermal systems are a low maintenance, environmentally friendly heating and cooling system that extracts energy from the ground to heat and cool homes and buildings. We install and repair these systems in the Wichita area.
The EPA estimates homeowners save 30-70% on heating and 20-50% on cooling costs with a geothermal system.
Benefits of Geothermal Systems
In addition to cost savings, there are number of other benefits:
- Reduced energy costs
- Environmentally friendly
- No carbon monoxide risk
- Long lifespan
- Energy efficient
- Quiet operation
- Very low maintenance
- Reliable in any weather
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What is Geothermal?
A few feet underground the earth’s temperature is consistently 50-60 degrees. Using a series of pipes, an environmentally friendly fluid and water mixture is circulated through the ground to heating and cooling equipment inside your home. The fluid temperature is adjusted to an appropriate level to further heat or cool air, which is then circulated through your home.
Unlike traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal systems don’t burn any fuel, which can reduce heating and cooling expenses by as much as 60%. Most homes will recoup the installation cost in five of six years.
How Do Geothermal Systems Work?
Geothermal systems work using a heat pump and a “loop”, which is a series of underground pipes. This loop circulates a liquid underground where it adapts to the ground temperature. Normally around 50-60 degrees, this consistent temperature is neither very hot or very cold, which makes it easy to heat or cool to a temperature that is appropriate to heat or cool a home. With traditional HVAC systems, this starting temperature is typically more extreme, which means more energy is used to heat/cool it.
The heated/cooled liquid changes the temperature of air inside of equipment inside your home, which is then circulated through traditional duct work. This is a A forced air system, which is the more common type of geothermal system. A water-to-water system uses pipes inside the home’s walls and floors to heat the home.
Only electricity is required to run the equipment. No potentially dangerous gas is needed, and the amount of energy used is significantly less than traditional HVAC systems.
In the summertime, heat from inside your house is pumped through the equipment and sent through the ground to be naturally cooled. The cool re-enters the home and is circulated. During the winter, the heat stored in the earth keeps the water solution in the geothermal system a moderate temperature. This warm liquid then goes into your home where a heat pump further heats it and transfers the heat to air, which then flows through conventional ductwork.
Efficient and Environmentally Friendly
Geothermal systems utilize 100% renewable energy, they are a green and sustainable option for heating and cooling a home or business. The EPA has noted that geothermal systems have the lowest lifetime cost when compared to traditional HVAC systems. These systems typically produce and distribute more energy than they use, compared to gas burning systems which are often only 80-90% efficient.
Where can they be installed?
Geothermal heat pumps are can be installed in new home construction projects or retrofitted in existing HVAC systems. They can also be used in commercial applications. A small area is required to bury the loop system, but this is not often an issue in Kansas.
If you’d like to learn more about Geothermal heat pumps, or if you’d like see if this system will work for your home or business, give us a call: