GeothermalCan I Use the Ground to Cool My Home?

It sounds strange, but it’s possible with geothermal systems. You’re probably wondering how that would even work. The answer is with heat pump technology (meaning you can also use the ground to heat your home!) More specifically, we are talking about ground-source heat pumps, also commonly known as geothermal systems. The concepts are simple, though the systems themselves are complex.

There are a lot of benefits to using a geothermal system for your home, but it’s important to work with qualified technicians that are trained in the design and installation of these systems. Installing this type of system is a big job, and working with us means you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of a geothermal heat pump in Bremerton, WA. So read on, think about the benefits geothermal systems have to offer, and contact us with any questions you may have.

It’s all about heat exchange

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Heat pumps are able to both heat and cool since they are able to reverse the direction the refrigerant flows. Read more here to learn about all the benefits of heat pumps: Benefits of Installing a Heat Pump. When cooling a home, a heat pump or AC will evaporate refrigerant in the evaporator coil. After that, the system will release that heat outside as it condenses the refrigerant in the outdoor condenser unit.

A heat pump can also heat a home by reversing this process. It can remove heat from the air outside and then compress it and warm the house. The big difference between traditional air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps is where heat is exchanged. A geothermal system exchanges heat with the ground.

Benefits of geothermal systems

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Air-source heat pumps are great, but the temperature outside can fluctuate a lot. With ground-source heat pumps, this is not the case. Once you get to a certain depth, the temperature in the ground is pretty consistent. This consistent temperature is a benefit for the geothermal system.

When it’s in heating mode, the system is able to draw a consistent amount of heat out of the ground by running a heat transfer fluid through buried tubes. Even if the air is cold, the system won’t need to use more energy to remove heat. And keep in mind that when it’s in cooling mode, a system has to release heat into the air outside. By sinking the heat into the ground, the system is able to be more efficient.

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to a geothermal system installation. There’s no need to worry, since we will assess your property to determine if a geothermal system would be right for it. We can also design a geothermal loop system that works for your property’s geography as well. There are a few different options, and not every option works for every property. That’s another reason to hire an HVAC expert! Schedule your geothermal services with Sullivan Heating & Cooling.


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