The Fundamental Properties and Purposes of a Geothermal Heat Pump

One of the most remarkable things about a geothermal heating and cooling system is that it has so few moving parts. There’s just that much less that can fall apart– that much less to maintain. And that alone plays a major role in reducing the overall energy costs of Oswego homeowners who’ve gone geothermal.

 

That said, there are some moving parts in the system. the majority of them are found in its most vital component, too: the geothermal heat pump.

This is the engine that drives the system. Its role is to transfer heat. And it transfers heat either from the ground into your house or from your house into the ground, depending on ambient temperatures. In Consequence, it’s a furnace and an air conditioner rolled into one unobtrusive package.

How the heat pump transfers heat is with water or an antifreeze solution. This liquid courses through underground loops of pipe that are connected to the above-ground heat pump. During heating season the liquid draws heat from the ground, the heat pump draws the warm liquid up into refrigerant coils, and from that point the heat is distributed throughout a home by way of either a forced air or a hydronic system. During cooling season it runs in reverse: the pump draws heat from your home and transfers it underground through those same buried loops. Oh, and somewhere along the way, more than a few geothermal systems also supply domestic hot water.

The essential difference between a geothermal heat pump and a ordinary furnace is that a heat pump doesn’t set fuel afire to generate heat. No, indeed, it takes heat that already exists and simply moves it around. That naturally makes it a much more efficient heating and cooling system. Recognize this, too: underground temperatures most often stay at around 50º F all year long. Result? A geothermal heating and cooling system uses significantly less energy to cool your home than conventional air conditioners.

So … is a geothermal system the answer for your Oswego home? Turn to this region’s geothermal experts, the helpful gang at Nodines Heating Inc..