Frequently Asked Questions
Can I install a ground source heat exchanger myself?
It's not recommended. Thermal fusion of the pipe, drilling and trenching are procedures best
handled by licensed professionals. Nonprofessional installations may result in less than
optimum performance, which could cancel out anticipated savings.
What are the environmental benefits of Ground Source Heat Pump(GSHP) systems?
Currently installed systems are making a huge difference in our environment! The systems
are eliminating more than three million tons of carbon dioxide which is equivalent of taking
650,000 automobiles off the road. GSHP systems conserve energy and, because they move
heat that already exists rather than burning something to create heat, they reduce the
amount of toxic emissions in the atmosphere. They use renewable energy from the sun, and because
the system doesn't rely on outside air, it keeps the air inside of buildings cleaner
and free from pollens, outdoor pollutants, mold spores, and other allergens.
How much space does a GSHP unit require?
Most of a GSHP installation is underground. Inside the house, the heat pump units are
about the same size as a traditional heating and cooling unit.
How will I save money with a GSHP?
GSHPs save money, both in operating costs and maintenance costs. Investments can be recouped in
as little as three years. There is a positive cash flow, since the energy savings usually exceeds
payment on the system.
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Geothermal Heat Pumps
What is a geothermal heat pump?
A geothermal heat pump is an electronically-powered device that uses the natural heat storage
ability of the earth and/or the earth's groundwater to heat and cool your home or business.
How does it work?
Like any type of heat pump, it simply moves heat energy from one place to another. Your
refrigerator works using the same scientific principal. By using the refrigeration process,
geothermal heat pumps remove heat energy stored in the earth and/or the earth's groundwater
and transfer it to the home.
How is heat transferred between the earth and home?
The earth has the ability to absorb and store heat energy. To use that stored energy, heat is
extracted from the earth through a liquid medium (groundwater or an anti-freeze solution) and is
pumped to the heat pump or heat exchanger. There, the heat is used to heat your home. In
summer the process is reversed and indoor heat is extracted from your home and transferred to
the earth through the liquid.
You mentioned heating and cooling. Does it do both?
One of the things that makes a heat pump so versatile is its ability to be a heating and cooling
system in one. You set the hearing and cooling temperature separately at the thermostat and tour
system is designed to do both functions automatically. In the cooling mode, a geothermal heat
pump takes heat from indoors and transfers it to the cooler earth through an underground loop
Do I need separate ground loops for heating and cooling?
No, the same loop works for both. All that happens when changing from heating to cooling, or vice
versa, is that the flow of heat is reversed.
Does the underground pipe system really work?
The buried pipe, or "ground loop," is the most recent technical advancement in heat pump
technology. The idea to bury pipe in the ground to gather heat energy began in the 1940s. But it's
only been in the last few years that new heat pump designs and improved pipe materials have
been combined to make geothermal heat pumps the most efficient heating and cooling systems
Is the geothermal heat pump safe?
It is very safe. There is no combustion, which means no open flame, no chimney or flue
requirement. Also, there are no combustion gases in the air to breath and no particulate to settle