Geothermal Energy in Your Home
Have you had it with the high cost of heating your home with propane or heating oil? Not only are the bills growing in cost but that propane or oil tank is becoming an bigger eye sore as it ages and rusts in your backyard. It’s time to get rid of that big ugly tank and break-up with your heating oil or natural gas company and make the switch to a geothermal heat pump system!
A geothermal heat pump doesn’t have an outdoor unit like a typical heat pump or air conditioning system and it uses the thermal energy generated within the earth to keep your home comfortable and heat your water. This means you can save up to 70% on your heating, cooling and hot water costs by switching to a clean and renewable source of energy. The best part is the source of energy is right beneath your feet!
Read our post on Renewable / Geothermal Federal Tax Credits in PA
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How efficient is a geothermal system?
Where a fossil fuel furnace may be 78% to 90% efficient, a geothermal heat pump is about 400% more efficient. Geothermal systems do not burn fossil fuels to make heat, they provide three to four units of energy for every one unit used to power your system.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective systems for temperature control.
What makes a geothermal system different?
Unlike ordinary systems, geothermal systems do not burn fossil fuel to generate heat; they simply transfer heat to and from the earth to provide a more…
Environmentally Friendly method of heating and cooling. Typically, electric power is used only to operate the unit’s fan, compressor and pump. A geothermal system can save you up to 70% on heating, cooling, and hot water costs. SECCO Home Services offers two different types of geothermal installations, the first is the geothermal loop system, and the second is the more energy efficient Primo ECO-Max system.
How does a geothermal heating & cooling system work for you?
Outdoor temperatures fluctuate with the changing seasons, but underground temperatures do not. Four to six feet below the earth’s surface, temperatures remain relatively constant year-round. A geothermal system, which typically consists of an indoor unit and a buried earth loop, capitalize on these constant temperatures to provide “free” energy.
In winter, fluid circulating through the system’s earth loop absorbs stored heat and carries it indoors. The indoor unit compresses the heat to a higher temperature and distributes it throughout the building. In summer, the system reverses, pulling heat from the building, carrying it through the earth loop and depositing it in the cooler earth.
What are the components of a geothermal system?
The three main parts consist of the heat pump unit, the liquid heat exchange medium (open or closed loop), and the air delivery system (ductwork). There is also the fan and the buried, closed loop system that helps prevent loss by moving FREE heat from the ground into your home.
Do geothermal systems require maintenance?
Just as your car goes in for routine oil changes to avoid costly repairs, your homes’ heating and cooling system also needs routine maintenance to avoid costly repairs. Geothermal Systems should be checked twice a year by a professional Heating & Air Company. These maintenance checks help to spot the small problems before they turn into large costly repairs. Also, they provide you with peace of mind that your equipment will work during the hottest & coldest days of the year, and that your equipment is being properly maintained. To learn more about the SECCO Home Services Planned Maintenance visit us at SECCOhome.com/pm or
Call 717.254.4555. Our Planned Maintenance includes heat pumps and geothermal systems, and plus more!