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 What is a Ground Source Heat Pump?


 Why consider a solar alternative for your electricity needs?  Not only is this option an environmentally friendly option, but it has also been shown to provide dramatic savings in monthly bills.  Enter the ground source heat pump, or GSHP.  Since the year 1853 (the technology was discovered by Peter Ritter von Rittinger) the technology has been known of, but has never truly come to physical fruition until the modern era. 

A ground source heat pump or GSHP is a heating and cooling device that allows property owners to pump heat from the ground.  In essence, a GSHP harvests earth energy, using the land as a heat source in the winter.  In summer months, earth land becomes a heat sink. 

 Where Does Geothermal Energy Come From?

While your first thought might be that the “centre of the earth” provides this heat source, the truth is that the sun is actually the main component.  The sun heats the land and the pump system harvests the heat that has been absorbed at the Earth's surface.  In essence, it is indirect solar energy.  As you learn about the specifics of ground source heat pump technology, you will see that it provides significant advantages in efficiency and economy. 


Yes, such a device is very efficient—approximately 50% higher than conventional heating systems.  During the summer season, the system is in cooling mode and can operate as a heat sink thanks to the waste heat produced due to the thermal process.  The “desuperheater” part of the system may be installed or an optional component.  Furthermore, some ground source heat pump systems have heat water production that occurs all year round.   

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is
Easy, Affordable and Efficient

While it seems rather complicated, the actual device is very easy to control.  You simply change from one mode to another using an indoor thermostat, as with convention air conditioning and heating units.  The ground source heat pump is installed underground, and upon the service you will usually only a see a unit the size of a regular HVAC system.

These systems are actually more reliable than conventional models, as the sun has developed a reputation for consistently sending power!  For that matter, GSHP units have fewer mechanical parts and are kept safe underground, far away from problematic external threats.  It’s no wonder that some companies offer 50-year warranties on these systems.

The ground source heat pump has no open flame, flammable fuel or storage tanks full of fuel.  GSHP technology is an alternative means of using solar power, but has considerable cost advantages to installing solar panels.  It is green-friendly technology for certain, as using more of these systems could easily eliminate millions of tons of carbon dioxide.  That’s the equivalent of over 600,000 automobiles! 

These machines utilize the heat that already exists.  It is a responsible and sustainable form of heat and cooling that can also save you plenty of pounds at the end of the month.  Why not ask about these systems and also take advantage of incentives offered by local government offices?

by Phillip Rye -

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 What is a Ground Source Heat Pump