Looking for energy efficient heating and cooling solutions? Geothermal heat pumps are similar to ordinary heat pumps, but use the ground instead of outside air to provide heating, air conditioning and, in most cases, hot water. Because they use the earth’s natural heat, they are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available.
Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.
- ENERGY STAR qualified geothermal heat pumps use about less energy than a standard heat pump.
- They are quieter than conventional systems.
Remember, saving energy prevents pollution. By choosing ENERGY STAR and taking steps to optimize the performance of your heating and cooling equipment, you are helping to prevent global warming and promoting cleaner air while enhancing the comfort of your home.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling Benefits
The biggest benefit of GHPs is that they use less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems. This translates into a GHP using one unit of electricity to move three units of heat from the earth. According to the EPA, geothermal heat pumps can reduce energy consumption — and corresponding emissions — up compared with air-source heat pumps and up to compared with electric resistance heating with standard air-conditioning equipment. GHPs also improve humidity control by maintaining about relative indoor humidity, making GHPs very effective in humid areas.
- Reduces electric bills
- Contribute to a cleaner, greener environment
- Geothermal energy is a renewable resource
Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs), sometimes referred to as GeoExchange, earth-coupled, ground-source, or water-source heat pumps, have been in use since the late 1940s. They use the constant temperature of the earth as the exchange medium instead of the outside air temperature. This allows the system to reach fairly high efficiencies on the coldest winter nights, compared to 175 to 250for air-source heat pumps on cool days.
Although many parts of the country experience seasonal temperature extremes — from scorching heat in the summer to sub-zero cold in the winter—a few feet below the earth’s surface the ground remains at a relatively constant temperature. Depending on latitude, ground temperatures range from 45°F (7°C) to 75°F (21°C). Like a cave, this ground temperature is warmer than the air above it during the winter and cooler than the air in the summer. The GHP takes advantage of this by exchanging heat with the earth through a ground heat exchanger.
A geothermal system does not burn any fuel of any kind in the home. It requires only a small amount of electricity to power its pump, compressor and fan. This sort of earth-friendly energy system is the wave of the future. It’s one of the technologies that are moving us away from old, inefficient uses of limited resources to new, renewable energy systems.