Geothermal heating or geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) utilize new technology that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and can save you up to 70% on heating, cooling and hot water bills. These ground-source heat pumps use the natural heat storage capacity of the earth or ground water to provide energy efficient heating and cooling. They rely on the nearly constant temperature of the earth for heat transfer instead of the widely fluctuating temperatures of the outside air which is the key to the geothermal unit’s surprising efficiency.
Geothermal heat pumps are durable and require little maintenance. They have fewer mechanical components than other systems, and most of those components are underground, sheltered from the weather. The underground piping used in the system is often guaranteed to last 25 to 50 years and is virtually worry-free. The components inside the house are small and easily accessible for maintenance. Warm and cool air is distributed through ductwork, just as in a regular forced-air system.
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Most geothermal systems can be designed to produce free hot water during the summer, by using waste heat extracted from the interior air during the air conditioning season.