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Understanding GeoThermal

For the ultimate in energy efficiency and homeowner comfort, geothermal is the only way to go! Using the ground as a heat sink, a geothermal system simply moves heat. Either from the ground into your home, or from your home into the ground by utilizing buried pipe, geothermal units are the most energy efficient, environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home available.

With savings of up to 80%, a geothermal system is the best investment you can make. While the cost savings is enough reason to purchase a geo system, the comfort you get is second to none. Nice, even, warm air is distributed to your home. In every nook and cranny, geo units run longer to ensure all the heat makes it to where it needs to go. You’ll notice your couch, floor, and curtains all stay a nice warm temperature.

Geo units are also environmentally friendly; they create no emissions because they don’t burn any gas.
There are many other advantages to geothermal. Please call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a comfort specialist!


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How Does a GeoThermal System Work?

Your own backyard has the potential to be an energy source for heating and cooling comfort. Outdoor air temperatures fluctuate throughout the year with the changing seasons. In contrast, ground temperatures about four to six feet below the Earth's surface remain relatively moderate and constant all year. That's because the Earth absorbs 47% of all the heat energy that reaches it's surface from the sun. A geothermal system circulates a water-based solution through a buried loop system to take advantage of these constant temperatures. A single piece of equipment has the ability to heat and cool your home, while providing some or all of your home's hot water as well. Geothermal systems can save you 30% to 70% on your monthly utility bills.

During the heating cycle, the fluid circulates through the loop extracting heat from the ground. The heat energy is transferred to the geothermal unit. The unit compresses the extracted heat to a high temperature and delivers it to your home through a normal duct system or radiant heat system.

For cooling, the process is simply reversed. Because the earth is much cooler than the air temperatures on a hot day, the geothermal system removes heat from the home and deposits it into the ground. The fluid is cooled by the ground temperatures and returned to the unit for cooling your home.

   

   

Reasons to Choose GeoThermal

•   Efficiency:
Geothermal systems use a small amount of electricity to transfer heat to and from the ground to your home. In fact, it can produce three to four units of energy for every unit of electricity used to power the system.

•   Environmentally Friendly:
Installing a geothermal system is equivalent to planting 750 trees or taking 2 cars off the road.

•   Quiet:
Geothermal systems use the same principles that operate a refrigerator or freezer, and the units are just as quiet.

•   System Life span:
Geothermal systems typically last more than 20 years if properly maintained.

•   Positive Cash Flow:
A system will usually pay for itself within a two to five year time span. Ask us about an energy analysis for your home.

•   Comfort:
Home heat and cool evenly thus eliminating the hot and cold blasts of air found with conventional systems.

•  Free Hot Water Generation:
A simple connection can be made so the geothermal system can deliver hot water to be stored in your hot water heater. In fact, the heat removed from your home during the cooling cycle is deposited directly to the water heater instead of the ground.

•  Clean and Safe:
No worries about flames, fumes, odors or carbon monoxide.


boring   Types of GeoThermal Loops. . .

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Vertical Loop:
These loop systems are used mainly when land area is limited. A drilling rig is used to bore holes to depths of approximately 125 to 250 feet deep. A u-shaped loop of high density polyethylene pipe is inserted. The holes are then backfilled with a sealing solution. The system is closed loop meaning that the same solution placed in the system is continuously re-circulated through the system.

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Horizontal Loop:
These loop systems are used when adequate land is available. Loop installers use a chain trencher or backhoe to dig trenches. Each trench is approximately 6 feet deep. Trench lengths range from 100 to 300 feet, depending on loop design and application. This process is also a closed loop system.

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Pond Loop:
Option available if a large body of water is present. A ½-acre, 8 feet deep body of water is usually sufficient for the average home. This closed loop system places coiled pipe on the bottom of the body of water.

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Open Loop:
This system does not continuously run the same solution through the geothermal system. Ground water is pulled from one location, ran through the geothermal unit, and discharged into another location. Two requirements are needed for an open loop system. The first is an abundant supply of well water must be available. The second is that a proper discharge site such as a ditch, field tile, stream, or pond must also be present. Check your local codes before selecting a discharge method.


ClimateMaster: Why Genesis?
Genesis geothermal units are the latest in heating and cooling technology. Developed by the leading experts of the geothermal industry and produced by the world's largest manufacturer of water source heat pumps. The Genesis product line is the most advanced geothermal technology available today. It is designed with the installer in mind to improve reliability and reduce installed costs. The availability of unit sizes, configurations and applications make the Genesis line the perfect match for nearly every installation.
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