There are many ways to control the temperature in your home throughout the entire year, however most of those methods use a tremendous amount of energy. Furnaces and boilers require a great deal of gas or electricity, while air conditioners are the single biggest users of electricity in the country. That’s why geothermal systems are quickly becoming a popular replacement for traditional, expensive to operate HVAC systems.
If you’re tired of wasting money on monthly energy bills just to power your home comfort system, call the Washington, DC area geothermal installation experts at Service Doctors. We’ll quickly get you information about using energy stored in the earth to control temperatures inside your home. In addition to a variety of installation options, we have the newest heat pumps on the market and the technology needed to install a complete geothermal system in your home – regardless of shape or size.
Geothermal Heating & Cooling Installation
Geothermal heating and cooling works on a very basic principle – that of a heat pump. A heat pump is a device that removes heat from either air or water. As air is condensed and compressed inside a traditional heat pump, cooler air is produced and deposited from the device. A true heat pump can provide either heated or cooled air for your home, depending on which way it is set.
A geothermal heat pump uses the same technology, but instead of drawing energy from the air, it uses water or coolant circulating underground. Pipes are installed underneath your property and filled with a liquid then circulates throughout the network of pipes to gather heat. When the warm water reaches the heat pump, heat is extracted and transferred to air that is then pumped into your home via an air handler, heating your home in the winter.
The same process works in reverse in the summer. Since the ground is generally cooler than the air in the summer, the geothermal heat pump draws out the heat from the home and transfers it to the liquid circulating in the ground. In effect, it’s an air conditioner that uses far less energy than any other modern AC unit.
Geothermal HVAC Installation Methods
One thing to consider when choosing a geothermal system is how it will be installed. The standard form of installation is horizontal piping, also known as a horizontal loop. A trench is dug on a swath of your property and pipes are installed.
However, if winter temperatures in your region are especially cold, that trench may not be deep enough to gather the necessary heat energy. In this case, you may need a vertical loop installation. Vertical installations are more costly as they require industrial drilling equipment, but they guarantee steady, reliable heating even on the coldest weather days.
Geothermal System Options
When choosing a geothermal system for your home, the most important thing you can do is ensure it is properly sized for your space. If you have a very large home, a horizontal system may not be enough to keep you warm throughout the entire winter. If a vertical installation is outside of what you can afford, you might always consider adding a gas furnace backup for especially cold nights.
Whatever you decide, know that Service Doctors is here to help. Our technicians receive constant training on all of the latest geothermal technology and we carry a full line of the best heat pumps available. If you live in the Washington D.C. area and you’re interested in geothermal heating and cooling for your home, call us today and learn more about our complete geothermal services.