Geothermal energy as a means of heating and cooling has seen increased popularity over the last decade as a sustainable energy source. Technically speaking, geothermal energy refers to the stable temperature of the Earth below the surface, and is a clean, renewable resource that provides energy in the US and around the world. Many home and business owners are simply unaware of the opportunity to condition their home or business with an efficient, sustainable, environmentally friendly source of power. According to the EPA, geothermal energy is the most environmentally friendly option for heating and cooling, and it also happens to be extremely cost-effective. Geothermal energy users also often qualify for various rebates and tax incentives.
How Does Geothermal Work?
Deep below the ground, the Earth’s layers maintain a fairly consistent temperature. Geothermal energy systems transfer energy to or from the ground using an earth loop. This technology can both heat and cool your home or business. Geothermal heating uses a heat pump that draws heat from the earth, and geothermal cooling does the opposite by pulling heat from the air inside the building and transferring it into the ground. Your refrigerator is an example of a heat pump, it takes heat out of the food and sends it to the floor of your kitchen.
Replacing Your Existing System
Geothermal energy systems are an excellent alternative for the replacement of a traditional gas or propane furnace and a refrigerated air conditioning system. Geothermal heating and cooling units may save upto 60% of the cost of traditional heating and refrigerated air conditioning. Contact Solar Smart Living today to learn more about what geothermal heating and cooling has to offer.