The thought of living in a house where the temperature is always comfortable is possible with the dependence on air-cooling (and heating) units, which provides solace 365 days a year. However, if we remove the air conditioners or heaters from the equation, is there a possibility to have a constant and comfortable temperature inside our homes? Most of us would say ‘NO’, but the truth is, it is possible, and a new-age energy revolution is going to change the way the current and future generations beat the heat (and biting cold)!
Geothermal heating and cooling is the solution that is going to make this reality even more plausible. Geothermal HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) brings a building in harmony with the earth beneath, taking advantage of subterranean temperatures to provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.
This concept might sound brand new, but geothermal heat pumps or ground source heat pumps have been in use for decades in colder climates to warm and cool homes. Geothermal heat pumps work on the principle that while outdoor temperatures tend to fluctuate, the temperature underneath the earth doesn’t change much due to the insulating properties of the earth. It is necessary now, more than ever in the history of humankind to consider alternatives like these, since the global economy is dependent on fossil fuels, which will not last very long.
That said, geothermal heat pumps need to be altered so they can be used across households, and this is where Dandelion comes into picture. Dandelion was conceived at Google’s innovation lab – X – that aims to invent and launch technologies that have the potential to one day change the world.
This Google startup is not only vouching for the fact that geothermal heat pumps are the reality of the future but are also making it easier to be installed across landscapes. Dandelion, for the last couple of years, has been toying with the concept of simplifying the variables that go into a geothermal heat pump, to ensure more and more households adopt geothermal heat pumps over general modes of heating and cooling.
The USA has always been an early adopter of technology and it may come as no surprise then that Dandelion was a product borne of American minds. This paved the way for a spike in revenue from the sales and installation of geothermal heat pumps in the US, a trend that has grown steadily in the past 6-7 years. Rising from $93.6 million in 2011 to $154.3 million in 2016, with an increase of six percent from 2015 ($145.1 million) to 2016.
The company expects this number to jump significantly in the years to come, thus revoking dependency on fossil fuels as the source of energy and offering a more environment friendly alternative to people. To ensure the same and continue to support the mission towards the geothermal heat pump revolution, the company is regrouping to focus on promotion of the concept, via marketing initiatives to eventually bring about the much-needed change in the energy sector.