Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP)
Proclaimed by some as the ultimate "green" way to provide heating and cooling for your home, this renewable energy source is definitely worth consideration. Ask your local geothermal contractor about current tax incentives, as the growing popularity will continue to make it a more affordable solution for not only lowering utility bills, but protecting the world we live in.
How Does A GHP Work?
A geothermal heat pump (GHP)
is the equipment used for heating and cooling. Similar to an all electric or "air source" heat pump it is able to provide both heating and cooling for your home, however a geothermal heat pump is able to heat better than an all electric or "air source" version can.
To understand how it works, you need to understand that there is a large "loop" that makes up the heating and cooling system. Even with a traditional A/C installation this loops exists, but is referred to as an outdoor coil and indoor coil. With normal home air conditioning, the air conditioner or heat pump contains the outdoor coil, and a fan coil or air handler contains the indoor coil. Refrigerant is chilled by the air conditioner, and pumped inside to the indoor coil where warm air from your home is forced through to cool it.
With a GHP installation, the outdoor coil is now called an earth loop
. It is made of durable, high-density polyethylene pipe and contains a water based fluid. In the cooling season, heat energy is dissipated into the ground from the earth loop. The now chilled fluid is pumped back inside to the indoor coil where warm air from your home is forced through. In the heating season, this process is reversed. Heat energy from the constant thermal temperature of the ground is used to heat the fluid. The heated fluid is pumped inside to the indoor coil where cool air from your home is forced through to provide heat.
Call us at (904) 819-0234 to have this explained in more detail, but there are four primary types of earth loop installation methods when installing a new GHP solution. If you click on an image below, you can view a larger version to better explain the concept.
To find out more about St. Augustine geothermal heat pump solutions, call us today at (904) 819-0234 and we will be happy to assist you! Action Heating & Air Conditioning is a trusted St. Augustine geothermal installation contractor. We are in the business of helping homeowners stay comfortable for less.