A Guide to Geothermal Heat Pumps

Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning

Gaithersburg HVAC Contractors


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Geothermal heat pumps are a clean and efficient way to heat your home. Geothermal energy is a renewable resource that requires less initial energy to harness, making it more cost effective and less dependent on fossil fuels than traditional HVAC systems. Read this guide to explore the benefits that heat pumps have to offer.

How Geothermal Heat Pumps Work

Every day, the sun bombards the Earth with energy, and much of this heat is absorbed by the earth. Gravity and friction inside the earth augment this stored energy. About 15 feet underground, the temperature remains steady, typically between 58 and 60 degrees. By tapping into this energy, we can use the principles of heat transfer to both heat and cool our homes.

Geothermal heat pumps are connected to refrigerant-filled piping that runs underground. During the winter, a heat pump draws the natural heat from the ground and brings it into your home. During the summer, heat from your home is pumped into the cooler earth. Because heat transfer uses so little energy heat, pumps are ideal for homeowners who want to lower their utility costs.

Types of Heat Pump Systems

Geothermal heat pumps can be used alone, with an air conditioner, or as part of a hybrid system that uses both a heat pump and a furnace. Because heat pumps can be used all year, they can replace your entire HVAC system for maximum savings, or simply be used during the winter time to heat your home for less. Hybrid systems can intelligently switch between gas or electric modes for a perfect blend of comfort and efficiency.

Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning can help you explore the benefits of geothermal heat pump systems and find the perfect Carrier heat pump for your home. Give us a call at (301) 719-3315 or visit our website to see the different heat pumps we have to offer.

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