Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint might use reusable shopping bags and unplug appliances when not in use. One way to reduce your carbon footprint is to opt for a more environmentally friendly heating system like geothermal heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps don’t burn any fossil fuels and they are incredibly energy efficient, which will keep your energy costs down. 

If geothermal heat pumps appeal to you, then call Warsaw, Indiana’s reliable HVAC service team at N.E.W. Plumbing and Heating. We can help you find the right geothermal system for your home and install it for you. Keep reading to learn more about this green heating and cooling system to find out if it’s right for your home.

How Do Geothermal Heat Pumps Work?

You may have heard the term “heat pump” as a home heating and cooling system. Many heat pumps are air-source heat pumps. These heat pumps take the energy from the air temperature outside. Geothermal heat pumps don’t rely on the air temperature, but instead on the consistent temperature of the Earth. Depending on the latitude, ground temperatures only a few feet below the Earth’s surface remain a consistent temperature between 45-75℉. A geothermal system takes advantage of these temperatures and exchanges the heat from the earth through a ground heat exchanger. 

A geothermal heat pump can help you reduce your carbon footprint because it uses a renewable source of energy. Instead of relying on standard electricity or gas to heat or cool your home, it uses energy coming from the ground. Furthermore, it helps you save money on your energy bills because you do not necessarily have to draw electricity from the power grid.

Types of Geothermal Heat Pumps Available

In order to draw energy from the earth, you will need to have a series of underground pipes laid underneath the surface of your property. These pipes or “loops” can be laid in a variety of configurations. Here are two of the most common loop systems:

Closed-Loop System

A closed-loop system uses a mixture of water and antifreeze. It will cycle through the pipes that have been buried in the ground instead of using fresh groundwater. There are multiple subcategories of closed-loop systems to make the best use of the land available. A vertical closed-loop system, a slinky closed-loop system, or a horizontal closed-loop system are different ways you can lay your loops. 


Open-Loop System

With an open-loop system, groundwater is used as a refrigerant for your geothermal heat pump. Water is a very good thermal conductor. Groundwater is naturally insulated, therefore, this is a very efficient system. Oftentimes, an open loop system will use the water from a well or body of water like a lake or a pond. Once the water has circulator through the system the water returns to the body of water. This can only be used where there is a clean supply of water.

The Benefits of a Geothermal Heat Pump System Installed for Your Home

If you decide to use a geothermal heat pump system for your home, there are several significant benefits you will enjoy, such as: 

Lower Environmental Impact

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of using a geothermal heat pump system is that it will have a lower environmental impact. If you want to protect the environment around you, it is important for you to use a renewable source of energy. That is exactly what you will get if you decide to go with a geothermal heat pump system. 

Quiet Operation

Even though you want a system that can efficiently heat and cool your home, you do not want it to be too loud. Otherwise, it will be distracting for everyone at home. A geothermal heat pump system is very quiet. It will not be distracting, it will not wake you up at night, and you do not need to worry about it clunking as it gets going.

Provides Both Heating and Cooling 

You probably want to have a single system that can both heat and cool your home. It should take up less space, and it’ll probably cost less money. That is one of the biggest reasons why people decide to go with a geothermal heat pump system. Even though it is called a heat pump, you can use it to both heat and cool your home. 

Energy Efficiency

A geothermal heat pump system is also energy-efficient. This means that it can change the temperature in your home quickly with a relatively small amount of energy. This is one of the biggest reasons why a geothermal heat pump system is more cost-effective than other types of heating systems. 

Last Longer Than Other HVAC Systems

Finally, a geothermal heat pump system will also last significantly longer than other HVAC systems. You probably do not want to replace your system before you have to. You should expect your geothermal heat pump system to last for many years. A gas furnace will usually last about 10-15 years, whereas a geothermal heat pump can last 20-25 years. And if your heat pump needs replacing, usually only the heat exchanger will need to be replaced, you won’t need to re-run any loops.  If you want it to last as long as possible, make sure you stay up-to-date on routine maintenance by relying on the team from N.E.W.

Flexible Financing From N.E.W. Can Make a Geothermal Heat Pump Affordable

Even though a geothermal heat pump system is cost-effective, we understand that it can be difficult for people to purchase a new geothermal heat pump system outright. We believe that everyone should have access to reliable heating and cooling, and that is why we have flexible financing options available. At N.E.W., we make it easy for you to afford your geothermal heat pump system by dividing it into smaller monthly payments. We can make it easier for you to afford a new system.

Call N.E.W. for Geothermal Heat Pump Installation and Service

If you want your geothermal heat pump system to work as well as possible, you must make sure it is installed properly. At N.E.W. Plumbing and Heating, it would be our pleasure to install your geothermal heat pump system for you. We will work with you personally to figure out what type of heat pump is best, and will give you an estimate for all the work that needs to be done. Or if you need service on your geothermal heat pump, reach out to N.E.W. for comprehensive repairs. If you’re interested in installing a geothermal system for your home or property, call us today to learn more.