How Geothermal Heating Works

January 8, 2019

Everyone is trying to do their part to protect the environment and lessen their carbon footprint. Geothermal heating is getting more popular as a method to do both. The name might make it sound like the whole procedure is complicated, but it really isn’t. Here’s a brief overview of how the whole system works. First of all, it’s good to know that the source of geothermal heat is the earth itself; instead of creating heat, heat is transferred. This means that the system doesn’t pollute or consume resources. Remember that the earth acts like a solar battery that absorbs and retains a large percentage of the sun’s heat. By burying a loop of the appropriate HDPE pipe, the energy stored in the earth is harvested and brought in the geothermal unit inside your home. These geothermal heat pumps bring the warm air in when you need it with under floor heating and can also be used like an air conditioner to pump cool air inside your home in the summer months. Choosing the right kind of loop system is an important decision. Generally there are four different variations to consider, including the pond, horizontal, slinky and vertical options and which one you choose will depend on the amount of space you have available. The size of your house will also be a factor. A typical three bedroom house in a subdivision will do better with a vertical system that requires a deeper trench. People who live in the country can more easily accommodate the fifty metre long dugouts that need to be built to incorporate the pipes there. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated business servicing Guelph and the surrounding areas. Call today!

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