Geothermal Heat Pumps
vs. High-Efficiency Gas Furnaces
With the rise in the erratic climate changes, households have seen several traditional methods of heating and cooling their indoor environment. There are two types of heating and cooling systems which have the highest levels of efficiency: high-efficiency gas furnaces and geothermal heat pumps. Let’s first take a look at high-efficiency gas furnaces.
Heat is generated due to the burning of fossil fuels in this method. The creation of heat in this method requires an external source of energy to input into the furnace. A more modern take on heating and cooling systems is the Geothermal method. With this method, heat is not created; however, it is simply borrowed from the Earth and directed into your home. While both of these methods create heat efficiently, one is more cost effective.
Geothermal heat pumps prove to be the least expensive in terms of operational cost when compared to other options. Geothermal heating and cooling systems generate 5 units of heat per 1 unit of electricity used and they are significantly more efficient when compared to the cost of running a natural gas furnace or an electric heat pump. Take a look at our geothermal heat pump cost comparison. It is evident that geothermal systems win the energy savings challenge when it comes to heating one’s home. Let’s take a look at how these systems cool them.
A traditional air-source heat pump works by blowing warm air over cold freon filled pipes. A typical Maryland summer brings hot and humid weather, which makes it difficult for these cooling systems to dissipate the hot air outside. Geothermal heat pumps, on the other hand, use the Earth as a heat sink to harness its cooling effects. The underground temperatures are significantly lower than those on the surface (57°F in Maryland).
Geothermal heat pumps use an underground loop system to simply exchange the warmth from your home with the constant coolness of the ground. There we have it, Geothermal heating and cooling systems are the most energy efficient form of heating and cooling one’s home! Installing such a system guarantees that you’re a winner!
Apart from being cost effective and eco-friendlier, geothermal heat pumps are installed indoors and they do not pose a toxic threat to the environment. The energy savings challenge is overcome with ingenious innovation of geothermal heating and cooling systems.
Are you ready to join the geothermal renewable energy revolution?