Here in Atlanta, geothermal heating systems are ideal since they can also be used to cool your home in the summer. Geothermal heat pump systems are similar to air source heat pumps in that way. The main difference is that geothermal systems use the constant temperature below the ground to heat and cool the home.
While you still need to compare the costs of installation and other factors, a geothermal system uses a renewable fuel source for year round comfort. Depending on your needs, installing a geothermal heat pump might be the cost-effective home comfort solution you are looking for.
The Atlanta heating experts at Henson Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning are here to discuss how geothermal systems work and go over the installation process. Call us any time for professional advice. Whether you have an existing home or you’re building a new one, you’ll first need to decide if it is practical to install a geothermal system on your property.
Here’s how the installation process works:
Geothermal systems are also called ground source heat pumps because they absorb the year-round constant temperature in the ground. To do this, large holes will need to be drilled on your property so that the contracting company can install the loop fields. Loop fields refer to the underground pipes that carry water and refrigerant mixture that is compressed and used to either heat or cool your home. Some systems can be hooked up to your hot water heater and used to heat your water as well. The loop fields can be configured on several ways, and you’ll need to decide what type of loop works best before the excavation begins.
2. Installing the Loop Fields
The majority of residential geothermal systems use vertical loops, since horizontal loops require a large amount of property. The main difference is that the vertical loops require drilling because they are installed between 100 and 400 feet deep. Horizontal loops do not require drilling and can be installed over a larger piece of land using a backhoe.
Once the loop fields are installed, the heat pump will need to be installed, and if requested, hooked up to your water heater. The process can take up to a week, but it can be shorter depending on your situation. There will be some disruption to your property so talk to your Atlanta geothermal contractor about this when you are making your decision. The contractor may be able to use methods that require minimal disruption to your home and property.
Call Henson Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning for all your Atlanta geothermal needs!