What is The Most Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling System?
Are you concerned about rising energy prices and the future of the environment? If you want to have the most energy-efficient heating and cooling system for your home, then look no further than a geothermal system. With this system, you can heat and cool your Pierce or King County home by harnessing a free and renewable energy source known as geothermal energy.
What Is Geothermal Energy?
If you dig just a few feet below the ground, you will find that the temperature remains between a range of 50 to 60 degrees year-round. That temperature is not affected by the weather or temperature above. A geothermal heating and cooling system is designed to harness the geothermal energy below the Earth’s surface. It uses that energy to keep your home at a constant and comfortable temperature all year long.
How Does a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Work?
A geothermal heating and cooling system consists of three main components:
- Heat sink and tubing: A heat sink is placed 10 to 20 feet below the ground or a pond where it will absorb heat energy. This is done by drilling into the ground. The heat sink is attached to a loop of tubing that is filled with antifreeze, water, or a mixture of both. This is the liquid that will be circulated back and forth to the heat pump.
- Heat pump: Similar to how an air conditioner works, the heat pump will transfer the heat energy out of the fluid. If the system is set to cooling, the liquid will absorb the heat out of the air in your house and transport it outdoors where it will dissipate. If the system is set to heating, the process is reversed.
- Heat distributor: This component works like a blower motor that you would normally see in a traditional heating and cooling system. It distributes the cooled or warmed air throughout your home’s ductwork.
A geothermal system uses a minimal amount of electricity, instead of being fueled by oil or natural gas. You can also add an energy-efficient heater as a back-up for those times of the year when you may want a little more heat.
Is Geothermal Energy Right for Your Home?
In Pierce and King counties, Puyallup Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to trust. Contact us today to discuss whether your house is a good fit for a geothermal energy heating and cooling system. We also service and repair all types of home heating and cooling systems.Tags: Cooling, Energy Savings, Heating