Is Geothermal Energy Right For You?
GeoComfort is proud to provide highly efficient, reliable and quiet operating, year-round comfort solutions for your home or business. Our diverse product line offers a solution for any application. GeoComfort Systems are manufactured in the heart of America. Pride in workmanship has been deeply embedded in the culture of our company. Every department places a high value on integrity and complete customer satisfaction. "World Class Service — Hometown Values" is far more than a slogan, it's a way of life.
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What can you expect from a GeoComfort Ground Source Heating System?
GeoComfort units are made in America with the highest standards of quality. Our commitment to continuous improvement and quality control has made reliability one of the GeoComfort brand's greatest assets. No other geothermal manufacturer has quality testing as extensive. In fact, each and every GeoComfort unit undergoes rigorous testing before it is packaged for shipping.
Our specialized component selection and advanced design gives GeoComfort systems a competitive advantage. Unit for unit, GeoComfort systems have higher heating capacities than our competitors. That means less reliance on supplemental heat and ultimately lower heating costs when compared with other geothermal brands.
In addition to the highest heating capacities, GeoComfort also boasts the best heating efficiencies. With an average of 4.62 across the product line, and a staggering 4.8 COP (Compass Series XT036) that has raised the bar within the geothermal heat pump industry.
What exactly is Geothermal Energy Exchange Ground Source Heating?
Geothermal and Geo-Exchange technology works by harvesting the earth's natural thermal energy stored below the surface of the earth. Thermal energy is a renewable natural resource to heat or cool your house and is one of the purest forms of ecoEnergy. More importantly a geothermal system produces no greenhouse gases with exception of a small amount of electricity needed to operate the system.1
Geothermal systems have a higher initial outlay; but they consistently cut annual heating costs by up to 70%; paying for your system within a few years and your savings will continue for years to come. The federal government provides money for geothermal projects. This program is part of the Government of Canada’s $4.1 billion ecoENERGY initiatives. Geothermal is a proven technology that has been in use for centuries in one form or another.
Canadian Government ecoEnergy Web site
The shallow ground, the upper 10 feet of the Earth, maintains a nearly constant temperature between 50° and 60°F (10° to 16°C). Like a cave, this ground temperature is warmer than the air above it in the winter and cooler than the air in the summer. Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of this resource to heat and cool buildings.
Geothermal heat pump systems consist of basically three parts: the ground heat exchanger, the heat pump unit, and the air delivery system (duct-work). The heat exchanger is basically a system of pipes called a loop, which is buried in the shallow ground near the building. A fluid circulates through the pipes to absorb or relinquish heat within the ground.
In the winter, the heat pump removes heat from the heat exchanger and pumps it into the indoor air delivery system. In the summer, the process is reversed, and the heat pump moves heat from the indoor air into the heat exchanger. The heat removed from the indoor air during the summer can also be used to heat water, providing a free source of hot water or heat a swimming pool.
Geothermal heat pumps use much less energy than conventional heating systems, since they draw heat from the ground. They are also more efficient when cooling your home. Not only does this save energy and money, it reduces air pollution, conserving energy and helping the environment.2
Geothermal — How It Works !
In the purest sense, geothermal systems use solar energy. The earth absorbs an amazing 48% of the sun's energy, leaving a fairly constant underground temperature between 45º and 70º F.
A water solution flows through pipes buried in the ground (ground loop system) absorbing heat from the earth in the winter and moving it to the geothermal system inside the house. Once there, the heat is condensed and transferred to the air that is circulated throughout the home, providing warmth when needed.
The heat exchanger, also known as the loop system, captures the stored solar energy in the ground and delivers it back to the geothermal system in the house, There are 4 different types of loops.
Your loop system is the heart of geothermal technology. Regardless of the option you select, it will deliver over 500% efficient comfort and savings for many years into the future. Your local geothermal dealer will help you select the proper loop system based on a site survey and by conducting a detailed energy analysis of your home. Installing a geothermal loop system is like getting a 70% discount on energy for the life of your home.
During the heating cycle, the fluid circulates through the loop extracting heat from the ground. The heat energy is transferred to the geothermal unit. The unit compresses the extracted heat to a high temperature and delivers it to your home through a normal duct system or radiant heat system.
For cooling, the process is simply reversed. Because the earth is much cooler than the air temperatures on a hot day, the geothermal system removes heat from the home and deposits it into the ground. The fluid is cooled by the ground temperatures and returned to the unit for cooling your home.