First Choice Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Geothermal’ Category

Will My Geothermal Heat Pump Need a Backup?

Monday, November 12th, 2018

cold-sweater-manWe work with geothermal in Davison, MI, and we’re big proponents of homeowners choosing to have a geothermal heat pump installed for their year-round home comfort. Geothermal heat pumps work on the same principle as standard air-source heat pumps, which is that they use the circulation of refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. In hot weather, the heat pump pushes heat out of the house. In cold weather, it reverses direction and pushes heat into the house.

The difference between air-source heat pumps and geothermal (or “ground-source”) heat pumps is the medium they use for heat transfer outside of the house. The air-source heat pump draws or releases heat into the air, and the geothermal system uses the ground at least six feet below the frost line.

Many homeowners are concerned about whether a geothermal heat pump will do the job they want from it during the winter. Do they need to have a back-up heater to help the system supply enough heat?

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Is Geothermal Really Good for Air Conditioning a Home?

Monday, August 20th, 2018

geothermal-heat-pump-diagramThe word geothermal contains the suffix ­­-thermal. If you remember your Ancient Greek root words, or you’ve encountered thermal underwear at some point or know about “thermal detonators” from Star Wars, then you know thermal means heat. Geothermal power has something to do with heat—heat from the earth. (Putting those Greek roots to work again!) So when we tell you about options for geothermal air conditioning for your house, you might wonder if we’ve gone a touch batty. How can a geothermal system work to cool down a home?

The answer: extremely well! Geothermal heat pumps are effective ways to provide comfort to a household all through the Michigan year. Like a standard heat pump, a geothermal heat pump brings heat into a building during cold weather and removes heat during warm weather. And it does these jobs at higher efficiency than a standard heat pump.

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Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Be Right for You

Monday, November 27th, 2017

geothermal-loopsDo you have plans to make significant changes in your home’s HVAC system in the near future? Or are you moving to a new house and have to think about how you are going to provide heating and cooling for it? There are plenty of options to consider, but you might have brushed off the idea of geothermal heating and cooling because it sounds too expensive, cumbersome, ineffective, or all three.

But geothermal heat pumps are advanced today and offer immense benefits for households. They do cost more to install than conventional air-source heat pumps and central AC/furnace systems, but they can pay back their costs over time, and continue to deliver savings after that for years and years. Installing a geothermal heat pump isn’t as difficult as it sounds, either, if you have professionals like ours on the job.

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