Facts About Geothermal Heating

How Geothermal Heating Works

Most homes are equipped with heating systems like gas, oil, or furnace. Did you know there is a greener, more environmentally friendly heating system? We’re talking about geothermal heating. While you might not be familiar with geothermal heating, it’s found in homes all over the United States.

Here are some facts about geothermal heating and why it’s becoming a popular choice for home heating.

  • Fact: Geothermal heat pumps are quiet—they don’t rely on loud fans or furnaces to operate.
  • Fact: Geothermal heating and cooling systems last longer. They typically last around 10-15 longer than other HVAC systems. What’s more, the ground units can last 50 years or more.
  • Fact: Geothermal energy is good for the environment. It’s non-invasive and reduces harmful carbon emissions.
  • Fact: Geothermal energy has two primary applications: heating and cooling and energy production.
  • Fact: Geothermal literally translates to “Earth’s Heat”.

How Does Geothermal Heating Work?

In residential settings, geothermal heating works by harnessing natural warmth from the Earth. A system of looped pipes are dug six feet into the ground, or just past the frost line. Water is added to the pipes and as the water travels throughout the piping system, the temperature of the water will rise to meet the Earth’s stored heat temperature.

In the summer, heat is absorbed from the home and sent to the pipes where it is absorbed by cool water. The cooled water is sent back into your home to create cool air. There is no need for an air fan or blower to cool, as all of the energy and temperature changes occur underground naturally.

While geothermal heating might not be for everyone due to ground requirements and other factors, homeowners who choose to install this type of system may be eligible for a federal tax credit.

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