Thermal Ground Heating and
Understanding Ground Heating and
Looking at the bill you pay for heating and cooling is never a
pleasant thing. Particularly if you live in an area with severe winters, you're probably paying an awful lot for
heating and cooling your home. Thermal ground heating is one of the best options for people who want to get out of
the cycle of paying too much for the energy that they consume. With these systems, you have the option of actually
getting no utility bill at all for heating and cooling your home.
Ground Heating and Cooling
Ground heating and cooling operates on a
simple concept. The very earth that you're standing on serves as a reservoir for energy. You can draw heat
energy from the earth to heat your home in the winter and you can take heat energy from your home and deposit it
into the earth in the summer. This is a very simple concept, of course, but it takes some pretty sophisticated
technology to make it all work. The basic elements of any geothermal heating and cooling system are a heat pump
and a ground loop that circulates an anti-freeze that distributes the heat to the ground in the summer and the
heat to the house in the winter.
Thermal Ground Heating
Thermal ground heating comes with a variety
of options for the homeowner. In some areas, depending upon the climate, the heat pump could be installed
outside. This allows you to have this piece of equipment located in a place where it is completely unobtrusive.
In other areas, ground heating and cooling will require that you have a heat pump installed in your house but,
compared to other heating systems, these are very quiet and they generate no noxious fumes and no carbon
monoxide. This makes them much safer options in many regards.
Thermal ground heating also comes with the
not insignificant benefit of avoiding making any contribution to the fossil fuel pollution of the air. Whenever
fossil fuels are consumed, they generate carbon that is stored in the atmosphere and that contributes to the
greenhouse effect and to climate change. Thermal ground heating simply has no impact on this whatsoever. You are
drawing energy out of the earth that has already been deposited there by the sun. There is absolutely no reason
to feel guilty about turning your heater up in the winter or turning your cooling system way up in the summer.
You can live comfortably and live sensibly.
Geothermal Heat Pump
The costs of thermal ground heating are
generally more expensive than any other type of HVAC system for installation. This, however, is quickly balanced
out by the amount of money that homeowner saved by having these systems operating in their homes. The utility
bills for heating and cooling disappear and the headaches that come with having to deal with dirty, fossil fuel
driven systems disappear, as well. These systems are famous for their longevity, their durability and the
reliability and they provide all of these things without harming the environment.
by - Phillip Rye
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