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How Does a Geothermal Heat Pump Work?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

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If you're looking for a way to save on home heating and cooling costs, but you aren't sure if you want solar panels on your roof, why not dig a little deeper for your energy savings?

Geothermal heat pumps can heat and cool your house quietly and efficiently. In fact, a geothermal heat pump could cut your energy costs up to 80% while keeping you comfortable year round.

How do Geothermal Heat Pump Systems Work?

Geothermal heat pumps work like ordinary heat pumps, using water or an anti-freeze solution to transfer heat. However, rather than capturing this heat from the air outside your home, the heat pump transfers energy from underneath the earth's surface. This is done using long pipes or loops that are placed into the ground.

Transferring energy from under the ground works because the earth's temperature is constantly around 50 degrees. This means the heat pump doesn't have to work as hard to create warm air from the freezing cold outside air, or struggle to dump the hot summer air into sweltering humid air outside.

Instead, during the winter the liquid filled pipes transfer heat energy from the earth and run it through the heat exchanger and then deposit it your home. In summer, the whole process is reversed, and the heat pump transfers the heat energy from your home and deposits it deep into the ground.

Geothermal heat pumps save you money on your energy costs due to the fact that it takes a lot less energy to move heat than to create it from burning fuel in a furnace to warm air for your home. You also can heat and cool your home using just one system, which can save you money on maintenance costs.

Overall geothermal heat pumps can work well to keep your home comfortable while saving you a significant amount on your energy costs.

If you would like to know more about geothermal heat pumps, contact the team at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling!


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