What Are Geothermal Heat Pumps?
Geothermal heat pumps operate almost exactly the same way as standard heat pumps, except rather than using the fluctuating air temperatures as the heat exchange medium, geothermal heat pumps use the constant temperature of the earth by being installed in vertical boreholes in the earth’s surface. According to the Department of Energy, this allows the system to reach efficiencies of 300 – 600 percent even on the coldest winter nights, compared to 175 – 250 percent for air-source heat pumps on cool days. Geothermal heat pumps with a properly designed earth loop need little or no auxiliary heating.
Despite extreme temperatures throughout the year, the ground 20 feet below the earth’s surface remains relatively stable in temperature—making it an extremely reliable heat exchange medium. However, your geothermal heat pump will also be installed with a backup heating to ensure your home never lacks for comfort.
Types of Geothermal Heat Pumps
There are four basic types of ground loop systems:
- Horizontal – these are ideal for residential installation when there is sufficient land available and vertical installation is difficult.
- Vertical – these are an excellent option for commercial buildings because they do not require a large amount of space to be installed. They can be installed under the parking lot. This is often the most effective residential installation in the Greater Lehigh Valley.
- Pond/lake – if there is an adequate body of water, water-source heat pumps are another option and can be very cost-effective. However, the suitability must be carefully evaluated.
- Open-loop – this type of system uses well or surface body water as the heat exchange fluid that circulates directly through the geothermal heat pump. We always return the water to the same depth. Water quality is critical in this type of installation.
Talk to the experts at Jack Lehr Heating, Cooling & Electric to find out which geothermal heat pump option is right for your home or commercial building!
The Benefits of Geothermal System Installation in Allentown, PA
There are many benefits to installing geothermal heat pumps, such as one by ClimateMaster, in the Greater Lehigh Valley area:
- Reduced energy consumption – the main benefit of installing a geothermal heat pump is that they use 25 – 50 percent less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems.* That means that a geothermal heat pump can use one unit of energy to move three units of heat from the earth.
- Environmentally friendly – since geothermal heat pumps are so efficient, they can greatly reduce the amount of emissions required to heat and cool your home. In fact, geothermal heat pumps can reduce energy consumption up to 44 percent compared to air-source heat pumps and 72 percent compared with standard air conditioning equipment!*
- Durable construction – geothermal heat pumps have very few moving parts, and the parts that are moving are safely kept indoors. This means that your system can last 20 years or more!
- Minimal noise – these systems have no outside condensing units, so there is no noise outside the house or commercial building.
ClimateMaster Geothermal Heat Pumps
ClimateMaster is a geothermal HVAC company with over 50 years of industry experience in geothermal heat pump installations. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of American-made residential geothermal heating and cooling systems. All of their geothermal heat pumps are ENERGY STAR® qualified and can help:
- Improve home comfort
- Lower utility costs
- Provide superior indoor air quality
- Minimize your impact on the environment
ClimateMaster is our heat pump manufacturer or choice at Jack Lehr Heating, Cooling & Electric. For installation, repair, or replacement for your ClimateMaster system, contact us online to request a free estimate or schedule service!
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