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Geocomfort Geothermal Systems

What are Geothermal Heat Pumps?

Geothermal replaces traditional furnaces and air conditioners. Ground source (geothermal) heat pumps transfer heat to and from the earth to provide heating, cooling, and hot water for homes and buildings.

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1. Ground Loop
The earth absorbs and stores almost 50% of the sun’s solar energy. Because of this, the temperature four to six feet below ground is moderate and stable staying between 45°F – 70°F. The geothermal system uses this to transfer heat from one place to another using a ground loop field buried in the yard. The loop field circulates a water-based solution through a series of pipes.

2. Flow Center
The flow center resides on your unit or on a wall nearby the geothermal system. It is the tool used to pump the water-based solution in the ground loop to the unit in the house or building so heating or cooling can be dispersed throughout.

3. Indoor Heat Pump
The loop field transfers heat to the home through a geothermal heat pump kept indoors. The heat pump provides heating and cooling throughout the home primarily through two methods: forced air and radiant.

Two Ways To Heat or Cool

4. Forced Air Heating and Cooling
In a forced air system, an air handler is used to disperse the heat from the ground to the air in a home or building through ductwork and vents. In the cooling mode, the process is simply reversed, and heat is removed so cold air circulates throughout the home or building.

5. Radiant Heating
Known as the most comfortable type of heating, radiant heating uses a series of pipes under a home or building’s floor to circulate warm water, which heats the entire space evenly. This method can also be used for outdoor patio heat and pool heat.

6. Hot Water
Most GeoComfort Geothermal Systems come standard with a hot water assist, known as a desuperheater. This allows for the system to capture excess heat to assist a hot water heater. This cuts hot water costs by up to 40%. Geothermal systems can also provide 100% of the hot water needed for a home.

Why Geocomfort?

GeoComfort is proud to provide highly efficient, reliable, and quiet operating, year-round comfort solutions for your home or business. Our diverse product line offers a solution for any application. GeoComfort Systems are manufactured in the heart of America. Pride in workmanship has been deeply embedded in the culture of our company. Every department places a high value on integrity and complete customer satisfaction. “World Class Service – Hometown Values” is far more than a slogan, it’s a way of life.

How much can I save with Geothermal?
The environmental impact of going Geothermal is huge! But it also impacts your pocketbook. How much can you really save? Well, your exact savings will be determined by many variables, such as your climate, thermostat setting, and electric rate, among others. Most homeowners will see a reduction of 30 to 70 percent in their heating and cooling costs.

A study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed that geothermal systems have the lowest life-cycle cost of all heating and cooling systems currently on the market. Lower maintenance costs and longer life expectancy of geothermal units should certainly be taken into consideration when determining true savings.

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Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Flammable fossil fuels are not used to operate geothermal units. Because there is no combustion, there is no chance of explosion, hazardous fumes, or risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Lower Operating Costs
Geothermal systems have efficiency ratings of 400 to 500 percent. An efficiency rating is the ratio of heat generated versus the amount of energy used to produce the heat. A rating of less than 100 percent means you are losing the heat that you are paying for. This loss is typically caused by the energy consumption required for the combustion process of a fossil fuel furnace. The most efficient natural gas furnaces cannot compete at a rating of only 95 percent.

Conventional air conditioners and heat pumps require noisy outdoor equipment. Geothermal systems do not. GeoComfort Compass SeriesTM units feature a patent-pending cabinet design that isolates the unit’s compressor, all but eliminating any rattling or vibration caused by system operation.

A geothermal installation is an excellent heating and cooling solution for nearly any situation. Geothermal systems perform well in cool northern climates as well as warm southern conditions, in homes small, large, new, existing, and every home in between.

Unmatched Comfort
Geothermal systems provide superior air comfort. They demonstrate increased air purification and dehumidification versus conventional systems. In addition to improved air quality, geothermal systems keep indoor air temperatures at consistent levels, eliminating hot and cold spots that are typical of all conventional systems. For ultimate comfort, zoning allows for distinctive temperature adjustments in different areas of your home.

Longer Life
You can expect your geothermal system to provide an average of 20 to 24 years of reliable comfort and savings. In comparison, the average life cycle of a conventional system is 13 to 15 years.

Bonus Hot Water
Geothermal systems have the capability of capturing reclaimed heat during heating and cooling modes and using it to heat domestic water. This application can reduce the water heating cost of a four-person household by 50 to 60 percent.