With today's rising energy costs, many consumers are searching for less expensive alternatives to oil and natural gas to heat and cool their homes and businesses. Also, as more are becoming increasingly conscious of the environment, they are turning to green systems that have less of an impact than traditional heating and cooling systems. Geothermal systems are environmentally friendly, cost efficient, comfortable, and reliable.
Geothermal heat pump technology taps into the moderate temperatures found a few feet below the earth's surface and uses this free, renewable and clean energy source for heating, cooling and hot water. This energy is captured from the earth by using a series of pipes in the ground.
During heating, a special fluid circulates through the pipes where heat energy is transferred from the ground to the fluid and then to the geothermal unit. Once inside, the heat can be distributed through a conventional duct system or a hydronic radiant heat system. During cooling, this process is reversed. Heat is removed from the home and transferred to the fluid. As the warm fluid travels through the pipes in the earth, it is cooled. The heat is replaced with cool, dehumidified air.
As a bonus, a geothermal unit can provide some or all of your hot water at higher efficiencies, offering additional energy savings.
The initial cost of installing a geothermal system can be recovered within three to five years. This along with lower monthly energy costs and little or no maintenance makes it worthy of your consideration.
For more information, please visit www.igshpa.okstate.edu.
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