Geothermal heat pumps, also referred to as geothermal HVAC systems, are growing in popularity for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is that geothermal systems are one of the most energy-efficient heating and cooling systems on the market. These types of appliances also help to reduce your carbon footprint and can help you save money on your heating and cooling costs in the long run. 

How Do Geothermal Heat Pumps Work?

Geothermal HVAC systems work similarly to traditional heat pumps. However, instead of exchanging heat with the outdoor air, as normal air-source heat pumps do, geothermal systems exchange heat with the earth, where temperatures range from about 45 to 75 degrees underground even during colder months.

In the summer, a geothermal system sends heat away from the home and into the ground in order to keep your home cool. The process is reversed in the winter, as it brings the heat back into your home from the earth. Geothermal HVAC systems are very efficient, which can save you a significant amount of money on your energy bills.

 

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Types of Geothermal Heat Pumps Available

When it comes to geothermal heat pumps, there are two primary types available. Those are closed-loop systems and open-loop systems, both of which refer to the fluid ground loops which are buried below ground. 

Closed-Loop Systems

A closed-loop system features a closed fluid ground loop system. This means that the water contained in the pipes cannot escape. As such, the pipes often contain things such as refrigerant or antifreeze. This helps to prevent the fluid from freezing as the fluid or water is circulated over and over again throughout the heat pump. 

Open-Loop Systems

Open-loop systems are the most common type of heat pump system available. An open-loop system means that the pipes are not closed off. They often fill with things such as groundwater or can be connected to a well. The water runs through the open-loop system where it is discarded at the end of the open-loop system. 

There are pros and cons to both closed-loop and open-loop systems. A company that offers geothermal heat pump services can sit down with you, discuss your budget and the available space you have to help you determine which type of geothermal heat pump may make the most sense for your home or business.


Are There Tax Credits Available for Geothermal Heat Pumps?

Geothermal heat pump installation can be pricey for new buyers. Your home’s entire heating and cooling system needs to be revamped. Fortunately, there are tax credits available, which help to make the installation expenses more affordable. As of now, there is a 26 percent tax credit for residential ground source heat pump installation. This tax credit has been extended through December 31, 2022. Take advantage of the credit now by calling Heartland for geothermal heat pump services and installation. 

 

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What Are the Benefits of Having a Geothermal Heat Pump Installed in Your Home?

Before you invest in a geothermal heat pump, you may be curious to learn what the benefits are. Some of the top benefits include:

Lower Environmental Impact

Many heating and cooling devices are not green. They use a lot of energy or use other natural resources, such as propane or natural gas. One of the biggest benefits associated with a geothermal heat pump is that it uses heat stored below the ground that is found naturally and is naturally replenished. This means that this heating device has a much lower impact on the environment compared to other heating options. 

Quiet Operation

A geothermal heat pump is extremely quiet. While most people can hear it humming, most people consider it white background noise and are able to tune it out easily. 

Can Be Used For Heating or Cooling

One of the most common misconceptions about a geothermal heat pump is that it can only be used for heating. A geothermal heat pump can actually work in reverse as well. The unit can pull heat from your home and pump it back into the ground, helping to cool your home or business in the hot winter months. 

Energy Efficient

Perhaps the top benefit associated with geothermal heat pumps is that they are energy efficient. These heating devices use very little energy, which helps to keep your heating and cooling costs down. This saves you money and is better for the environment. 

Lasts Longer Than Traditional HVAC Systems

The last benefit of geothermal heat pumps is that they tend to last longer than traditional HVAC systems. They typically last about 25 years, compared to the 15 to 20 years most furnaces, boilers, and HVAC systems last.

Contact Heartland for Installation of a Geothermal Heat Pump

Geothermal heat pumps are becoming more and more common as they offer a number of benefits. If you are looking for geothermal heat pump installation, turn to Heartland. Book your appointment by calling us today.