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Gillece Heating provides and services heat pumps as an alternative way to heat and cool your home. Air-source heat pumps use outside air to extract heat for heating and work in reverse for cooling. Because they move heat rather than convert it from a fuel, heat pumps are more efficient than a traditional central heating and cooling system. A different kind of heat pump called geothermal is even more efficient than air-source and that much more efficient than a central AC and furnace system.

How Geothermal Heat Pumps Work

Rather than using outside air, geothermal heat pumps use the constant temperature of the earth, a few feet below ground. Unlike the extreme temperature changes we experience moving from season to season, ground temperatures remain at a relatively consistent temperature throughout the U.S. A geothermal system exchanges heat through a ground heat exchanger. A Gillece Heating Technician can help determine what kind of geothermal heat pump system is best for your home.

Geothermal heat pumps have many benefits, including:

1.       High Efficiency and Energy Savings

Geothermal heat pumps deliver more energy per unit consumed than conventional systems and use 25-50% less electricity than a conventional comfort system. Typically, a geothermal heat pump uses one unit of electricity to move three units of heat from the earth. According to the EPA, geothermal systems can reduce energy consumption by up to 44% compared to air-source heat pumps and up to 72% compared with a standard AC system. The cost to install a geothermal heat pump can be returned if not within a few years then later down the road when factoring in energy savings and the lifespan of the system.

2.       Long Lifespan

The lifespan of a geothermal heat pump is estimated at 25 years for inside parts and 50 or more years for the ground loop. That’s compared to 10-15 years at best for a furnace or air conditioning unit.

3.       Low Maintenance and Less Space

Geothermal heat pumps require much less space than other systems and can be installed in both new and retrofit circumstances. Because there are few moving parts in a geothermal heat pump system and they are sheltered in a building, they are durable and very reliable. The system components are also easily accessible for maintenance convenience.

4.       Quiet Operation

Models with two-speed compressors and variable fans make for a very quiet system, along with no outdoor condenser noise.

5.       Humidity Control and Comfort

Geothermal heat pumps provide added comfort through zone space conditioning, which allows different parts of a home to be different temperatures. They are also great for humidity control by maintaining around 50% relative indoor humidity.

6.       Water Heating Capability

Some geothermal systems can also heat water for your home. During the summer, heat taken from the house is used to heat water for free. During winter, water heating costs can be reduced by around half.

7.       Effective for Most Households

Because shallow ground temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the country, geothermal heat pumps are a good fit nearly anywhere. The best type of ground loop system for your home will depend on the geology and hydrology of your land as well as spatial features, which your Gillece HVAC Technician can assess.

With all of the benefits a geothermal heat pump has to offer, you may be interested in one for your home. Gillece Heating can determine if a geothermal heat pump is a good option for you and what kind of system your home would accommodate. For more information and for all of your heating needs, call Gillece!