What You Need To Know About Geothermal Heat

Posted on: 8 December 2017

Are you looking for a way to lower your home's energy bills in the winter, or make a smaller impact on the environment with how you heat your home? If so, geothermal heat may be right for you. Here is what you need to know about geothermal heating before you decide to jump in on this heating upgrade:

What Is a Geothermal Heat System?

A geothermal heat system works by using the heat found underneath the ground that surrounds your home. Even during the winter months, there is warmth only a couple of feet under the surface that can be used for heating purposes. The geothermal heat system uses coolant or water that circulates through pipes that are installed beneath the surface. As the liquid travels through these pipes, it will absorb the heat around the pipes.

Heat can be brought into your home in several ways. One method is to circulate the warm water through a radiator system under the floors of your home, which causes the heat to radiate upward like a traditional radiant heat system. The hot water can be used to run a forced air system by heating air that's forced through your air ducts.

Will a Traditional Furnace Be Required as Well?

Homes in moderate climate regions can get by using just a geothermal heat system, and potentially use space heaters to supplement the heat on very cold days. On the flip side, geothermal heat can be used to supplement a traditional heating system, such as a furnace. You'll find that energy usage will still be reduced since both systems can be used together.

How Is Geothermal Heat Environmentally Friendly?

The great things about using geothermal heat are that it does not require fuel combustion for the system to create heat for your home. It uses heat that already exists beneath the surface that surrounds your home, which would never be used if not for a geothermal heat system.

While a geothermal heat system does use some electricity, it only needs enough to push water through your system of pipes. Thankfully, geothermal heat can be powered by solar panels, making a heating system that does not have an impact on the environment.

Not sure if geothermal heat is right for you? Reach out to a local area heating contractor that specializes in plumbing and geothermal heat systems since they will be able to perform the entire installation for you. You can also check out a website like http://erickson-plumbingqc.com/ for more information and assistance. 

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