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How do geothermal heat pumps work?

Posted on: January 22, 2015

Geothermal heat pumps are some of the most efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling systems available on the market today. They harness the energy of the earth to condition the air entering your home. At James A. Wheat & Sons, we’re experts when it comes to installing and maintaining geothermal heat pumps in the MD and DC areas, so you can rely on us for expert services and advice.

Schedule a consultation for your geothermal heat pump installation today to find out if going geothermal is right for you! Give us a call at 240-399-5051240-399-5051 or fill out the form to the right to get started.

How geothermal heat pumps work

Understanding how geothermal heat pumps work is actually pretty simple. They are installed in the ground around your home (either horizontally or vertically) and use the earth as a heat source or a heat sink. This is possible because the temperatures just 10 feet below the surface are incredible moderate all year round. Check out the video from the US Department of Energy to learn more:

What are the benefits of geothermal heat pumps?

There are so many reasons why geothermal is an incredible solution for homeowners throughout MD and DC, including:

  • Cost-effectiveness – although they require a larger upfront investment when compared to traditional forced air systems, geothermal heat pumps actually end up being more cost-effective. Within 5 – 6 years, your geothermal system could actually pay for itself through cost savings alone. And because your system will harness the earth’s natural energy, you’ll never have to deal with fluctuating utility prices again.
  • Longevity – geothermal heat pumps last a long time—in fact, they’re designed to last 50 years or more. Check the system’s warranty for more details.
  • High efficiency – geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient residential heating and cooling systems available, with heating efficiencies 50 – 70 percent higher than conventional systems in the winter and cooling efficiencies 20 – 40 percent higher in the summer.
  • Environmentally friendly – since geothermal heat pumps move heat from the earth to your home and vice versa, they require no fossil fuel to operate—just a little electricity to power the pump! This means no harmful emissions escaping into the air and no consumption of foreign oil and other resources. Energy savings are so great that the approximately 1,000,000 geothermal heat pumps currently in use in the United States are saving about 8 billion kWh of electricity and 40 trillion BTUs of fossil fuels—that is the equivalent of taking nearly 1.3 million cars off the road!

In addition to all of the above, geothermal heat pumps have no visible outdoor equipment, have low operating costs, lower maintenance costs, improved home comfort, and more! Find out why countless people are choosing to go geothermal—call the experts at James A. Wheat & Sons today!

Schedule a consultation for your installation today

Find out if this highly efficient system is right for you—schedule your geothermal heat pump installation consultation in MD or DC today! Our experienced and trained technicians are here to help you take control of your home’s energy use and improve the overall comfort for years to come.

Contact us online or call 240-399-5051240-399-5051 to schedule your appointment!