Bucks County Geothermal Heating Installation
Geothermal heat pumps use the natural properties of the ground beneath your feet to heat and cool your home or business throughout the year. Cooper Mechanical’s trained technicians install geothermal heating and cooling systems that work more efficiently than traditional HVAC systems and save you money over time. Geothermal heat pumps are powered by a renewable resource, the earth’s natural energy, so it’s more eco-friendly than other heating and cooling methods.
How Geothermal Heat Pumps Work
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), geothermal heat pumps are the most environmentally clean, energy-efficient, and cost-effective type of indoor climate control currently available. Instead of producing energy through fossil fuel or buying it from a power plant, a geothermal heating and cooling system transfers the energy already available in the earth to keep your home or business at a comfortable temperature.
Under the surface of the earth below the local frost line, the temperature stays consistent year-round. When the sun’s rays hit the earth, the ground absorbs about 47% of that solar energy and stores it under the frost line. A typical geothermal system, consisting of an indoor unit and an underground piping loop, uses this “free” energy to heat and cool your home. In the winter, heat transfer fluid, circulating through the underground loop, extracts heat from the ground and carries it indoors. The indoor unit extracts the heat to the temperature set on your thermostat. Conversely, in the summer, the system creates air conditioning by pulling heat out of your home and transferring it to the cooler earth or depositing the heat in a water storage tank for use as “free” potable hot water.
The long-term cost benefit of a geothermal system is impressive. You never need to worry about fluctuating prices of oil or gas with a geothermal unit since it’s using the earth’s natural energy to power the system. Consequently, a geothermal heat pump costs less to operate because it’s transferring, not generating energy. The initial cost to set-up a geothermal system will be higher than the installation of a traditional air-source heat pump because vertical bores (similar to wells) are drilled into the earth and connected with a piping loop to transfer the energy from the ground to the inside unit. However, the significant energy savings recouped over time is substantial. In fact, a professionally installed geothermal heating system may save you 30% to 70% in monthly utility bills.
The longevity of the equipment is also a money-saving factor when it comes to geothermal systems. The indoor components generally last about 25 years without needing to be replaced compared to the normal 10-year lifespan of a conventional heat pump because the components are protected from outside weather conditions, extending the life of the system. In addition, the underground bores and piping normally remains in excellent working condition for 50+ years.