What is Geothermal Heating & Cooling?
Your own backyard has the potential to be an energy source for heating and cooling comfort. Outdoor air temperatures fluctuate throughout the year with the changing seasons. In contrast, ground temperatures about four to six feet below the earth's surface remain relatively moderate and constant all year. That's because the earth absorbs 47% of all the heat energy that reaches its surface from the sun. A geothermal system circulates a water-based solution through a buried loop system to take advantage of these constant temperatures. Geoexchange systems have the ability to heat and cool homes, buildings, schools, and municipalities and provide some or all of your home's hot water as well. Furthermore, geoexchange systems provide domestic hot water for pools and hot tubs with other benefits including snow melt, refrigeration, and hot water for radiant floor heating.
A geothermal heating and cooling system is an excellent alternative to the escalating cost in natural gas prices; particularly since residential consumers have absorbed a 27% increase in natural gas costs. With no end in site to the elevated natural gas prices, installing a geoexchange system will save you 30%-70% on your utility costs annually.