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Geothermal heating and cooling systems are an economical and environmentally friendly way of keeping your home comfortable all year long. They work on similar principles as air source heat pumps, but instead of using the heat in the air the use the heat naturally present beneath the earth.
This is great for those of us who live in colder climates, because air source heat pumps don’t work very well in below freezing temperatures. However, since the ground maintains a pretty steady temperature all year round, a geothermal heat pump will not have this problem and can heat your home effectively all winter.
If you do decide to go with a geothermal heating and cooling system, there are a lot of different factors to consider. The geothermal experts at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning can give you the information you need to make the best decision possible. We have experience with installing different loop systems, and we will work with you to find the right set up for your home.
What Are Geothermal Loop Systems?
Geothermal loops are the system of pipes that are installed underground as part of a geothermal heating and cooling system. Water or a combination of water and a coolant are circulated through the pipes to absorb the heat under the earth and carry it back to your heat pump, which then transfers it to air to heat your home. The heat pump can function the opposite way in the summer, using the liquid moving through the geothermal loops to get rid of heat that is collected from the air in your home.
Horizontal Geothermal Loop Systems
The most common type of geothermal configuration is a horizontal loop system. These are closed loop systems – the liquid inside the pipes stays in them and it re–circulated continuously through the ground, to the heat pump, and back again. Horizontal loops require a lot of space around your house to install the pipes. The size of your loop system will depend on the size of your house and the climate that you live in.
Horizontal pipes usually need to be between 100 and 400 feet long and they are usually buried around 4 feet below the ground. If you have any questions about how a horizontal loop system would work for your home, give the geothermal installation professionals at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning a call!
Vertical Geothermal Loop Systems
If the space around your house is limited or you need a more powerful system, vertical loops are another choice. Instead of burying pipes around your house, you drill holes straight down into the ground for your geothermal pipes.
Since the ground is warmer further down, vertical loop system usually need less piping than horizontal ones. However, drilling can be more difficult and extensive than the trenches you need for horizontal loop systems. We have considerable experience with geothermal drilling in Cincinnati, so contact us today if you are interested in this type of system for your home.
Geothermal Water Loop Systems
Another option for some homeowners is a water loop system. If you have a large body of water near your home, you can submerge the majority of the pipes under a large pond or lake. The system can heat and cool using the water instead of the ground, and it’s a way to cut down on the amount of pipe you need for a horizontal loop system.
Open Loop System
An open loop system is possible if you have a natural groundwater supply in your immediate area. Instead of a system with water and refrigerant that is recirculated over and over again, this type of system uses the groundwater itself. The groundwater is drawn through the pipes, the heat is transferred to the air in your home by your heat pump, and then the water is redirected into drainage and new water in drawn in again.
Professional Geothermal Installation Services
No matter what type of geothermal loop system you would like to have installed, you need a skilled professional to do it quickly and competently. We at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning pride ourselves on our quality geothermal installation services, so no matter which loop system you decide on, we will make sure you are completely happy with our services.