With Geothermal Heating And Cooling, You’ve Got Options
Geothermal heating and cooling is an extremely efficient and cost-effective choice for pool owners in the Florida Suncoast region. When choosing the type of geothermal heating and cooling system that works best for your home and pool, you have several options to consider.
- Water-source system: A water-source heat pump uses water as the heat source instead of soil. They use wells, ponds, aquifers and other bodies of water for installing the loop system. The loop system is placed at a depth that will prevent freezing, usually about eight feet or deeper. Water-source installations should be carefully managed and should only be done in water sources that meet depth, volume and water quality regulations.
- Open-loop system: These systems use water as the heat exchange fluid instead of refrigerant. The water circulates through the heat pump and is returned to a discharge well. Water used for this purpose must meet local regulations.
- Horizontal closed-loop system: These systems are most effective when you have a substantial amount of available land for installing the ground loop, the network of pipes containing the refrigerant that captures and releases heat. The installation requires trenches that are usually four to six feet deep. The horizontal closed-loop systems also requires several square feet of available horizontal space for digging the trenches and installing the loop.
- Vertical closed-loop system: In locations where there’s not a lot of open ground available for installation, a vertical closed-loop system may be more effective. The ground-loop system is placed in a series of holes drilled into the earth about 100 to 400 feet deep and 20 feet apart. Vertical systems are also useful where the soil is rocky or thin or where layers of rock make it impossible to install a horizontal system.
Symbiont Service Corp. is a leading supplier of geothermal pool heating and air conditioning services and equipment for customers in the Florida Suncoast region. Contact us today more information about the many benefits of geothermal heating and cooling, for an estimate on a system, or to schedule an professional installation.
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