When it comes to heating your home, there are many options, including high efficiency furnaces, Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP), and Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP). One option that is becoming more popular, especially with new home or business construction, is the installation of a Ground Source Heat Pumps, which are also known as Geothermal Heat Pumps.
What is “Geothermal” Energy?
Explained simply, Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source because it comes from deep within the earth and is continuously produced. If you remember Earth Science classes from when you were a kid, you may recall that the core of the earth is hotter than the sun’s surface. To tap into Geothermal energy, we use that stable ground or water temperature from near the Earth’s surface to control the temperature of your home or building. A Geothermal heat source can be used to both heat and cool your home.
The differences between using a standard furnace and a geothermal heat pump:
- Geothermal Heat Pumps have a higher upfront installation cost
- Geothermal Heat Pumps have a lower monthly costs over its operating lifetime
- GeothermalHeat Pumps use a renewable energy source which is better for the earth
With the higher upfront cost, a Geothermal Heat Source is not the right solution for everyone, but it is well suited for some commercial applications and families who are building new homes.
At Chappell Central, we frequently install WaterFurnace brand of Geothermal Heating & Cooling products. If you are interested in learning more about your heating and cooling options, contact our staff at Chappell Central. We would be happy to help guide you and find the right product for your needs and budget.