Geothermal To Heat or Cool
What if you could tap the earth’s natural heating and cooling cycles to heat and cool your own home? You’d not only save money, but you’d also have a reliable and clean renewable energy source. Geothermal heat pumps are a viable renewable technology and ideal for new home construction.
How geothermal heat pumps work
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the relatively stable ground or water temperatures near the earth’s surface (roughly 50 to 55 degrees F year-round) to heat or cool buildings all year long. The heat produced in the shallow earth around us is a sustainable resource, and it’s a source for clean energy.
Instead of creating or generating heat, geothermal pumps “move” the existing ambient heat in the desired direction to achieve heating and cooling effects.
- In the winter, geothermal pumps capture the latent heat stored in the ground and use a compressor to “bump up” the temperature in your home to the desired level (e.g., 71 degrees).
- In the summer, the system captures the heat in your home and moves it back to the ground.
A geothermal heat pump can deliver the following energy savings for a 2,000 square-foot home:
- Optimal monthly energy savings: Uses 30-70% less energy than a conventional system.
- Optimal monthly cost savings: 30-70% less than typical heating bill.
Considering including a geothermal heat pump as part of your new home construction? Find out how our Energy Star Homes Program can reward you for supporting geothermal energy sources.
Take advantage of local, state and federal tax incentives for renewable energy sources like geothermal heat pumps.