Geothermal Systems in Dalton & Massillon, OH
Geothermal Energy Is a Cost-Effective, Renewable Green Energy Source
A geothermal system professionally designed and installed by Shanklin Heating & Air Conditioning is one of the most efficient heating and cooling alternatives to fossil fuel, by utilizing a renewable green energy resource.
Geothermal heating and cooling uses the relatively constant temperature of the earth to heat and cool homes with 40% to 70% less energy than conventional systems. While conventional furnaces and boilers burn a fuel to generate heat, geothermal heat pumps use electricity to simply move heat from the earth into buildings, allowing much higher efficiencies.
Geothermal Heat Pump Installation
The heating and cooling experts at Shanklin Heating & Air Conditioning can install both Bard and Bosch geothermal systems for homeowners in Stark, Summit, and Wayne County. You can feel comfortable knowing that the Shanklin team will handle your geothermal heat pump installation with care and an unmatched level of expertise. We’ll work with you to help decide which model is best for your family and provide you with an estimated cost and timeline for installation.
If you want to learn more about the geothermal options available to Dalton area homeowners, contact us online or give us a call today!
About Geothermal Systems
- The most efficient fuel-burning heater can reach efficiencies around 95%, but a geothermal heat pump can move up to 4 units of heat for every unit of electricity needed to power the system, resulting in a practical equivalence of over 400% efficiency (information from GeoExchange).
- Geothermal heating and cooling is an environmentally responsible, reliable energy source, providing homes with a safe heating and cooling option that could greatly reduce utility bills.
- Geothermal heating systems are cost effective to install, operate and maintain. Return can be seen over a short period of time, with the energy savings from a geothermal system. As the heating and cooling savings exceed the cost of installation and maintenance of a geothermal system.
- The lifespan of a ground source heat pump used in geothermal systems is much longer than a conventional furnace, and the underground loop field investment can last for generations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does Geothermal Work?
A geothermal system takes advantage of the fact that the earth remains at a relatively constant temperature of about 55 degrees year-round in the Dalton area. By installing a set of pipes called a ground loop at least 6 feet below the surface, and circulating a special coolant through them, your geothermal heat pump can exchange heat with the earth through a heat exchanger.
In the summer, heat is removed from your home by the heat pump and transferred underground, where the constant temperature of the soil absorbs the heat and cools the working fluid. In the winter, heat is absorbed from 55-degree soil through the coolant, and the heat pump uses a reverse refrigeration cycle to extract that heat and bring your home to a comfortable temperature, such as 70 degrees or so.
By using the earth to modulate the temperature, rather than outside air like a standard heat pump, your geothermal HVAC system does not need to work as hard to heat or cool your home, resulting in substantial energy savings.
What are the different types of ground loops?
The ground loop is the set of pipes that are placed underground for transferring heat. A horizontal ground loop uses a set of coiled pipes arranged horizontally in a shallow excavation. While the horizontal ground loop is easier to install, it takes more space.
A vertical ground loop uses holes drilled deep into the earth for the piping, enabling it to take less space, though installation costs are higher. If you have a pond or similar body of water nearby, a pond loop is a cost-effective way to add a geothermal to your home. The coils of pipe are simply installed under the water to provide a similar effect to a ground loop.
How long does a geothermal system last?
The geothermal heat pump itself will typically last 12 to 15 years before it must be replaced. The ground loop, however, lasts an average of 50 years. A geothermal HVAC system can offer substantial savings in energy costs over the life of the ground loop, making it a wise investment that is also great for the environment.
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