The Properties and Purposes of a Geothermal Heat Pump

One of the most remarkable things about a geothermal heating and cooling system is that it has so few moving parts. There’s just that much less that can fall apart– that much less to need maintenance. And that by itself goes a long way toward reducing the overall energy costs of Scranton homeowners who’ve gone geothermal.

 

Of course, the system does have some moving parts. the better part of them are found in its most conspicuous component, too: the geothermal heat pump.

This is the system’s engine. Its purpose is to transfer heat. And it transfers heat either from the ground into your house or from your house into the ground, depending on the weather30. Thus, it’s a furnace and an air conditioner integrated into one discreet package.

Water – or an antifreeze solution – is the medium the heat pump uses to transfer heat. This liquid courses through loops of underground pipes to which the heat pump is linked above ground. During heating season the liquid draws heat from the ground, the heat pump draws the warm liquid up into refrigerant coils, and from that point the heat is dispensed throughout a home by way of either a forced air or a hydronic system. During cooling season the process is reversed: the pump draws heat from your home and transfers it underground by way of those same buried loops. Oh, and as an added bonus, lots of geothermal systems also supply domestic hot water.

The crucial distinction between a geothermal heat pump and a more familiar furnace is that a heat pump doesn’t burn fuel to generate heat. No, indeed, it takes heat that’s already present and merely moves it around. That naturally makes it a much more efficient heating and cooling system. Understand this, too: underground temperatures almost always hold at around 50º F all year long. And that means? A geothermal heating and cooling system requires substantially less energy to cool your home than standard air conditioners.

So … is a geothermal system the answer for your Scranton home? Talk with this region’s geothermal gurus, the friendly gang at Jim Lamberti Contracting Services, LLC.