Throughout the year the temperatures in the Lincoln NE area vary greatly. We experience hot and humid summers followed by frigidly cold winters. Did you know however the temperatures just 10-15 feet below the ground stay fairly consistent all year? The earth is a natural insulator and although it absorbs the suns energy the temperatures vary little through the year. Geothermal systems take advantage of the consistently mild temperatures of the earth to effectively and efficiently hat and cool your home.
During the heating season or cooler months, a Geothermal heat pump absorbs the heat from the warmer earth and transfers it into your home. Through the heat pumps operation the warmth in from the earth is increased allowing the air that is distributed through your duct system to efficiently to keep your home warm ed to your desired comfort level. Most geothermal systems can also produce hot water for your home. Ask your geothermal pro about how you can heat your homes water to capture the full benefits of geothermal heating.
In the cooling mode, a geothermal heat pump works like a traditional air-to-air air conditioner, however the process of removing the heat in your home is extremely efficient in comparison. Utilizing the consistently mild temperatures of the earth (around 65 degrees) the of cooling your home is much easier than a traditional air conditioner accomplishing the same task in 95+ degree heat. If your water storage is heated by the geothermal system the heat from your home is used to heat your water before it is released into the ground loop.
Geothermal energy has been used to heat and air condition buildings for several decades, and during that time these geothermal systems have been called many different things. Some of the more popular variations include geo-thermal, geoexchange, ground-water, ground-water assisted, ground-water-source, water-to-water, & geothermal heating and cooling.
Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling?
Learn about the benefits of Geothermal heating and cooling including the energy efficiencies, cost savings as well as the incentives that are available for those that install Geothermal systems into their homes. Read this Lincoln Journal Star column or view these great information videos to learn more about geothermal. Whether you are building a new home or replacing a system give geothermal some consideration. It may be the best solution for you!
How do Geothermal heating and cooling systems work? This video explains and also covers the different types of loop systems that are available.