Geothermal systems have been around since the 1940s, but they’ve recently become more popular among homeowners. There can be some concerns about installing a geothermal system, one of which is having enough yard space to accommodate the ground loop. There are several ways the ground loop can be installed, allowing those with small yards to move forward with a geothermal installation in Cincinnati. Geothermal systems require proper installation, so it’s important to hire professionals with experience, like the ones at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning.
Types of Geothermal Installations
There are 4 main types of geothermal installations, and three of them are known as “closed-loop” systems. Closed-loop geothermal systems have a continuous loop that circulates a heat-absorbing fluid to the heat pump and back out again. The three types of closed-loop systems are:
Open-loop geothermal systems are used with on-site wells or surface water. In an open-loop system, the water serves as the heat exchange fluid. The loop circulates the water directly through the heat pump, then discharges to a discharge well or surface discharge, depending on the water source.
Both systems are equally efficient. Determining which type would be best for your property will depend on things like water access and yard size. This is one of the reasons why working with a trained professional is so important: he/she can help you determine which system will fit best with your home.
Benefits of Geothermal Systems
- Very energy efficient – geothermal systems use the thermal energy in water and/or in the ground to heat your home; a small amount of electricity is used to power the heat pump.
- Long lifespan – the heat pumps for a geothermal system have an average lifespan of 20-25 years, and the loops have an average lifespan of 25-50 years.
- Comfortable heating and cooling – heat pumps provide air in a low-volume, continuous way, which many people find comfortable.
Geothermal systems have long lifespans, are incredibly energy efficient and use a sustainable resource to both heat and cool your home. If you are interested in a geothermal installation in Cincinnati, call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.