High fuel prices and increasingly stringent building and energy codes have commercial and residential building owners turning their attention to geothermal energy systems. They have discovered it to be a cost-effective and environmentally sound solution for their heating and cooling needs –especially for commercial settings.
What is a Geothermal Energy System?
Geothermal energy systems, also known as geothermal HVAC systems, utilize the ambient temperature below the earth’s surface to meet heating and cooling needs. Loops of fluid-filled pipes are buried in the ground or placed in bodies of water near the building site and connected to a heating/cooling pump system in the building.
During the winter, a geothermal system warms the loop by absorbing ground heat. That loop then flows through a coil and the warmth is transferred to the refrigerant.
During the summer, a geothermal system transfers heat from the loop into the cooler ground. The loops then cool the refrigerant.
Can the installation of Geothermal HVAC Systems be adapted to various building sites?
A variety of installation methods make it possible to install a geothermal system just about anywhere. There are three main types of geothermal loops (with various combinations also available):
Is Geothermal Energy Renewable?
A geothermal HVAC system uses electricity to operate the unit’s compressor, fan, and pump, but it does not use fossil fuels to generate heat. It simply utilizes the energy from the sun, which is stored in the earth. The use of this renewable source for heating and cooling means that three to four units of energy are created for every unit of energy used to power the system, resulting in greatly reduced operating costs and saving other valuable energy resources.
Geothermal systems have been recognized by the EPA as the most environmentally safe and cost effective heating and cooling system on the market. Many government entities offer incentives and rebates to encourage the installation of geothermal systems.
General Temperature Control: Columbus, Ohio’s Experts in Geothermal Systems Technology
General Temperature Control (GTC) believes in promoting the cause of energy efficiency and sustainability by implementing a broad spectrum of mechanical solutions. Building better businesses strengthens communities and promotes a better world for future generations.
Our participation in a LEED Platinum certified Geothermal Energy System project is a testament to our dedication to improving the environment – indoors and out.
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