When it comes to heating and air conditioning, the name of the game is energy conservation. Geothermal heat pumps are environmentally friendly and help save money on heating and cooling costs. While regular maintenance can keep your heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system working as efficiently as it can, to see a real difference in your energy costs you may need to replace your current HVAC system with a new one. Due to recent technological advances in the heating and cooling industry, new systems are nearly twice as efficient as any system older than 10 years. There are a few different types of furnaces and air conditioners on the market, and some are more efficient than others.
Air-Source Heat Pumps use less energy than furnaces and air conditioners
One of the most efficient heating and cooling products available is the heat pump. Heat pumps draw warm or cool air from outside, maximize it, and pump it through ducts to the various rooms in your home. When you need to heat your home, the heat pump pulls the existing warmth out of the air and makes it warmer before distributing it. If you need to cool your home, the heat pump draws the warm air out of your home and pumps cool air in, cooling it further before distributing it. An air-source heat pump makes the best use of the outdoor air temperatures so that the heating and cooling elements do not have to work as hard. This saves significant energy when compared to a typical HVAC system.
Geothermal Heat Pumps use less energy than air-source heat pumps
Geothermal heat pumps are even more efficient than air-source heat pumps. While air-source heat pumps pull heat and cold from the air, geothermal heat pumps pull from the ground. Why is this more efficient? Because unlike the ever changing air temperatures, the temperature a few feet underground stays mostly stable. When it’s cold outside, a geothermal heat pump pulls warmth from the ground, warms it further and then distributes it through ducts around your home. When it’s hot outside, the geothermal heat pump draws the warm air out of the home and transfers cool air in. How does it do this? A ground loop, which is basically a series of pipes through which an anti-freeze solution circulates, is buried a few feet under the ground in your yard. The loop is the part that absorbs the warmth and cold from the ground and sends it to the indoor unit, which further conditions the air and distributes it throughout your home. Geothermal heat pumps are more efficient than air-source heat pumps because the ground is a more consistent source of heat and cold. They use less energy and keep your home comfortable in more extreme temperatures.
Durham heat pump replacement will save you money
If you are considering replacing your existing HVAC system, you can save money by installing an air-source or geothermal heat pump. Geothermal heat pumps tend to cost more to purchase and install, but they last years longer than traditional furnaces and air conditioners. And the money you save on energy costs will balance out the cost of the new system in just a few years. Boer Brothers, NC can install both air-source and geothermal heat pumps. We have the knowledge and expertise to install your heat pump correctly and efficiently so that you reap the benefits right from the start. When you are ready to begin saving energy, request a quote or call 919-929-9886.
For more information on geothermal heat pumps and an introductory video, visit: http://energy.gov/energysaver/geothermal-heat-pumps