What Is Geothermal Energy?
Geothermal energy is the heat from the earth. It can be found almost anywhere, including your own backyard.
Geothermal heating capitalizes on the fact that temperatures in the Earth remain fairly constant when digging just a few feet below the surface. Whether you live somewhere where temperatures fluctuate or somewhere with a more constant temperature, the temperature below the surface stays relatively the same.
The upper part of the earth’s crust, roughly the first ten feet of ground, can maintain a temperature between about 50°F and 60°F. Geothermal heat pumps can use this energy to heat and cool buildings while using less energy than a typical HVAC system.
Geothermal heat pumps do not burn fossil fuels; instead they simply transfer heat from the earth to your home and back out. Because these pumps harness the earth’s available energy, they can save you anywhere from 30 to 70 percent on your bill over the next five to ten years.
Say it’s 5°F one night during the winter, and you have your thermostat set for a cozy 72°F in your home. It takes a lot less energy to reach your desired temperature if the starting point is 55°F using a geothermal heat pump.
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How Does It Work?
Geothermal HVAC systems use a series of equipment and piping to transfer the earth’s energy to and from your house. A heat pump exchanger is the series of pipes called the “loop.” This loop of pipes is buried in the ground either vertically or horizontally, depending on the geography of the region. A fluid (usually water mixed with environmentally friendly antifreeze) is circulated through the pipes to absorb and dispel the heat from the ground. This heat is then extracted by the heat pump unit and delivered in or out of your living spaces using conventional ductwork air delivery systems.
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Geothermal heat pumps can heat and cool a building. They can even be equipped to provide hot water.
Will It Work In My Building?
Geothermal heat pumps are flexible and can be installed in new construction or retrofitted to work with existing systems.
Geothermal systems require very little maintenance and are environmentally conscious. These systems use the least amount of electricity, reduce air and water pollution, and produce the fewest emissions. They are safe for the environment as well as your home. They also provide the most stable comfort level, with more efficient humidity control and less noise.
Geothermal Heat Pump Installation in Rose Hill, KS 67133
“My 20 year old heat pump (geothermal) failed December 2018. I called 3 HVAC companies for estimates and time frame for replacements as it was "cold" in our home. Following are the results of my calls:
1. First company called back a week later with questions and options ranging from $3,000 – $5,000 more than Welch's.
2. Second company never returned my calls.
3. Welch's rep said that she understood my predicament and scheduled an in home estimate for the next morning. David showed up on time, reviewed my wants and needs, gave me an "on the spot" estimate, which I considered excellent, as I had spent a few cold hours researching systems and prices. David then scheduled the installation for 2 days later. The Welch's installers (3 of them) showed up as scheduled, completed the removal my of old equipment and installation of the new in one day and did an excellent job of cleanup after completion. System was up and running four days before even a call back from the other companies. Geothermal heat pump systems are complicated and require many separate parts all working precisely together for efficient operation. On day five of my new install ( a Sunday) a small external filter failed and I shut down the system and called Welch's emergency number. On a Sunday a technician responded and had me back in operation in less than five hours. I was expecting an answering service to tell me I would get a call back next week but instead received an instant response and repair. In addition (without being asked) Welch's office personnel called to tell me I was eligible for electric company and IRS rebates on my new equipment. They filled out all necessary forms and mailed them to me resulting in an additional $4,000 savings. Needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised. I will not hesitate, in the future, to recommend Welch's to anyone that asked and will do so with with no hesitation or reservation.”
– Steve W.
Welch's Heating & Air is proud to offer HVAC services to Wichita, Andover, Augusta, Towanda, El Dorado, Rose Hill, Douglas, Derby, Haysville, Goddard and the surrounding communities. Call us at 316-733-1600 or request service online today!