How To Get The Most From Your Geothermal System
Geothermal systems are an ideal choice for heating and cooling your home or business. Across the country, the temperature below the ground hovers between 45 and 75 degrees, and geothermal systems take advantage of this untapped source of energy directly beneath your building.
For Florida homeowners, using a geothermal system can help to reduce energy costs over the long hot summer, as well as producing a very comfortable home. If you’re ready to explore geothermal, you’ll want to know how to get the most from it.
How it works
A series of loops are installed underground, or in a ground- or well-water source, with a liquid running through the looped pipes. As the liquid travels through the pipes, it picks up energy from the ground, and can do so efficiently because it’s never subject to temperature extremes like air-source heat pumps are. At its peak, a geothermal heat pump can achieve up to 600 percent efficiency, returning $6 worth of energy for every $1 dollar spent on electricity.
Getting the most value from your investment
Just like any other piece of heating and cooling equipment, the geothermal system features that you choose will greatly affect your investment potential. When selecting a system, consider the following options:
- A desuperheater will take excess energy and use it to heat water for your home, which is ideal for use in a hotter climate like Florida’s, where the summer season is long and hot.
- Two-speed compressors will allow for two stages of heating and cooling, also an optimal feature for Florida homeowners, as the compressor will run at the lower setting when temperatures are milder and ramp up to the higher setting only during extremes.
- Variable-speed air handlers adjust automatically, delivering a low, continuous amount of cooled air for the majority of the day and only increasing speed when the temperatures demand it.
For expert advice on geothermal systems, go to the best. At Symbiont Service Corp., we’ve been helping homeowners, business, aquatic parks, condominium associations and schools get the most out of their geothermal heating and cooling systems since the 1980s.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Englewood, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about geothermal systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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