Posts Tagged ‘Geothermal Systems’

How Does a Geothermal System Provide Heat?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

When looking at a combustion heating system like a furnace or boiler, it’s pretty clear how heat is generated for your home. But when you look at the components and layout for a geothermal system, you can be left shaking your head. Rest assured that a geothermal system can more than adequately heat your home in Hendersonville, NC, but understanding how this system does so can go a long way toward giving you peace of mind about it. (more…)

How Does a Geothermal System Act as a “Heat Sink”?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

If you are at all familiar with geothermal systems, you know that one of the main components, the ground loop, resides in the ground below the frost line. However, you may not know how the ground loop plays into the cooling or heating of your home within the geothermal system. Now that it’s cooling season, your geothermal loop helps expel the heat from your home – but not in the way most other HVAC systems do. (more…)

What Happens to My Yard During Geothermal Installation?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Geothermal heating and cooling is a renewable technology that you can install at your home to reduce your overall impact on the environment and save a lot of money on heating and cooling costs over the years. While geothermal systems do use some electricity, this amount is minimal when compared to the amount of electricity used by conventional heating and cooling systems. Geothermal units rely on the stable temperature underground to start a thermodynamic reaction that brings warm or cool air into the home.

That means that a technician will need to do some digging. Just how much digging needs to be done will depend on the size of your property, among other factors. You will need to contact an expert, such as the friendly technicians at Comfort Central, Inc. to find out how much space you’ll need for installation. Every home has different needs, but in general there are two ways to install the loop field through which water or refrigerant runs in order to help cool or heat a home: vertical or horizontal.

A vertical loop field is the most common type of installation for geothermal systems. Vertical installations take up less space than horizontal installations, as vertical installation involves digging deep holes rather than wide trenches. Horizontal installations take up a lot more room, as these are laid out only a few underground in a long loop configuration. However, if you have the space, this installation may be ideal despite the damage to your yard because it is usually less expensive. In any case, the loop field connects to the air handler which brings air through the ducts.

Your yard will certainly suffer some damage during geothermal installation. However, if you work with quality contractors, they will listen to your concerns and attempt to make the install using as little space as possible. The installer is largely responsible for deciding which area is most ideal for installation, but remember that you can have some input as well.

Geothermal energy is one of the most efficient ways to cool or heat a home. Call Comfort Central, Inc. to learn more about geothermal systems in Brevard.

How Geothermal Systems Benefit the Environment

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

We could tell you about how much money you can potentially save every month when you install a geothermal heat pump for home heating and air conditioning, but recent studies show that many homeowners are more concerned about the environment when it comes to alternative energy sources than they are about money. Of course, it’s useful to know that you may save 30-80% of monthly heating and cooling costs and that most geothermal systems should run into very few costly repairs over the course of their lifespan. And you may be interested to hear that government incentives often offer a return on your initial investment. But today, for those of us who are especially environmentally conscious, we’re going to look at how these systems benefit the earth.

Whether you’re most concerned about the environment, monthly bills, or the noise level of your AC and heating system, geothermal may be right for you. Call Comfort Central, Inc. for more information on installing geothermal systems in Waynesville.

How Geothermal Heat Pumps Save Energy

Geothermal systems benefit the environment because geothermal energy requires no burning of fossil fuels and very little energy from the utility company. Geothermal energy has been put to use in a few different ways, but one of the most popular purposes is for heating and cooling homes or businesses. The reliable warmth from just below the surface of the earth is brought into the home via an underground loop system and a liquid such as water or refrigerant. In the summer, heat is transferred out of the home and deposited back into the cooler ground.

Moving heat from place to place is far safer and more efficient than generating heat, like a furnace, electric heater, or boiler must do. In heating mode, environmental impact is cut back because CO2 and other combustion gases do not make it back into the air. In either heating or air conditioning mode, the system uses very little energy. While it will need some energy to pump refrigerant from place to place, the amount used is significantly less than with a traditional air conditioner or furnace.

Calling the technicians at Comfort Central, Inc. allows you the opportunity to get to know more about the benefits of installing geothermal systems in Waynesville, as you’ll speak with professionals who have installed them for years. Call our team today!

What Does Installation of a Geothermal System Involve?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The idea of installing a geothermal system can sometimes intimidate homeowners, who envision a sprawling project that shreds their property for weeks at a time and which may end up not being worth all the effort. Geothermal installation ­is a large task—but if you have quality professionals performing the job, you’ll find that the work moves faster and with less disruption than you might think. And once it is all in place, we beieve you’ll find the effort was worthwhile: geothermal heating and cooling is more efficient and cost-effective, not to mention long-lived, than other home comfort systems. The period of installation is only a blip compared to the many years of excellent and inexpensive comfort the geothermal system will provide.

Comfort Central, Inc. is here to answer your questions about installing geothermal systems in Arden, NC. We offer full services for geothermal heating and cooling, from installation to repairs and regular maintenance. Contact us today to learn more about how you can put the energy of the earth to work for your home.

What Happens During Geothermal Installation

The first part of installing a geothermal heat pump for a home is for the installers to look over the house and property and determine the amount of underground loops necessary and the best way to configure them so they will fit the available space. (There are two standard loop configurations, vertical and horizontal.)

The actual installation will start with putting in place the interior heat pump elements inside your house. This is no more difficult than any heat pump installation, and it should hook up to your existing ducts without difficulty.

After that the installers will begin to dig the trenches outside your home for the loops. As this goes on, the loop configurations will be designed along wooden frames and linked together. When the trenches are finished, the loops will go down along the trenches floors and fit down flat and snugly. The ends of the loops attach to an outdoor manifold that leads to the indoor components. The technicians place water into the system (or attach it to the municipal water supply if it is an open-loop geothermal system) and check to see there are no leaks. They then fill in the trenches and re-landscape them.

With the right installation company handling this work, it should go fast and provide only a short period with open trenches on your property. Remember, those buried loops should last for 50 years or more!

At Comfort Central, Inc., we recommend that homeowners look into the possibilities of geothermal installation as an alternative to older heating and cooling systems. If your home is in an ideal location for geothermal systems in Arden, NC, then choosing to install one may be one of the smartest decisions you ever make for long-term savings and comfort.

How Does a Geothermal System Cool Down a House?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Here in Arden, NC geothermal systems make an attractive alternative to more traditional forms of air conditioning, drawing upon the constant temperature of the earth itself to cool your home. (The same principle holds when heating your home too, making geothermal systems versatile as well as environmentally friendly.) Though they can cost a quite a bit to install, they often make up for it with lowered energy costs, as well as increasing the resale value of your home. If you’re looking for a viable option for cooling your home that doesn’t involve a centralized system, a geothermal system may be just what you need. But how does a geothermal system cool down a house? Read on for the answers.

The physical constant behind geothermal systems is fairly simple. Once you get more than five or six feet beneath the surface, the temperature of the ground doesn’t change no matter what the weather is like outside. That allows the system to facilitate a heat exchange with the earth. A series of coils is run through the ground, and a mixture of water and antifreeze is pumped through it. As the water moves through the earth, the ground cools it: releasing heat into the ground safely and lowering the temperature in the process. The cold liquid mixture then moves back into your home via a pump, where it can cool the air inside the system itself. That cool air is then blown into your home via a fan, and the water – now warmed after releasing the cold temperatures – can return to the tubes in the earth to start the process all over again.

That cycle uses very little electricity, and because the temperature of the earth is constant, it means that geothermal systems are infinitely renewable. That keeps costs down and helps you maintain a greener relationship with the planet to boot. For more on how a geothermal system cools down a house, pick up the phone and contact the experts at Comfort Central, Inc. We provide HVAC services in Arden, NC and geothermal systems are one of our specialties, and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!