First Choice Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Geothermal Heating’

The Incredible Secret of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Monday, September 12th, 2022

geothermal-heat-pump-diagramGeothermal heating and cooling may seem a bit like magic to homeowners—especially for homeowners who only recently found out that a geothermal HVAC system is a possibility for them and not something that’s out of reach. A geothermal heat pump has much greater energy efficiency than a standard air source heat pump, and it manages to pull off this trick through the simple concept of placing loops down in the ground rather than having the heat pump release and draw heat from the outside air.

What makes using the earth so much more efficient than the air? We’ll let you in on the secret in this post…

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6 Misconceptions About Geothermal Cooling and Heating

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

geothermal-energy-conceptAlthough geothermal HVAC systems are becoming more common for homes, this technology is still new to many. Because of this, people often have misconceptions about how geothermal heating and cooling works and how useful it is. 

We’re going to look at six of the major misunderstandings about geothermal heating and cooling. 

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Reasons to Consider a Geothermal System for Your Home

Monday, July 19th, 2021

geothermal-loopsGeothermal heat pumps (a.k.a. a “ground-source” heat pumps) are becoming more common for residential homes. People who once thought that installing geothermal heating and cooling was out of their reach are finding that these installations are more flexible and affordable than ever before. If a home already has a standard AC or heat pump, most of the indoor work for installation is already done—a geothermal heat pump will use the same ductwork the current AC or heat pump uses. Putting in the ground loops isn’t as difficult as it may seem either.

If you’re thinking about changing over to geothermal heating and geothermal cooling in Brighton, MI, you should know about some of the major benefits of this switch. It’s true that a geothermal installation is a larger investment than other HVAC systems, but the system can pay you back in many ways:

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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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