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What Is a Geothermal Heat Pump and How Does it Work?

Previously on our heat pump company blog, we touched on the topic of heat pumps in general and described how they work in the summertime. It seems like a bit of a contradiction if you don’t know how the technology works, but it’s fascinating once you do!

Indeed, heat pumps are a notable newcomer in the field of green heating and cooling options, and few are more environmentally friendly than the geothermal variety. Below, we’ll dive into the specifics surrounding this type of home temperature regulation—what it is, how it works, and if it might be right for your household.

What Is a Geothermal Heat Pump?

In the broadest sense, a heat pump is a device that “moves” temperature around instead of generating it on its own, as would a traditional heating or cooling system. Though electricity is still used to do this, it’s far less than would be otherwise.

Geothermal heat pumps are heat pumps, of course—just a special subset of them. While other models make use of the air to complete the heat transferring process, geothermal heat pumps do much as their name suggests: they use the ground instead.

How Does a Geothermal Heat Pump Work?

According to the United States Department of Energy, geothermal heat pumps “can reduce energy use by 30%-60%, control humidity, are sturdy and reliable, and fit in a wide variety of homes.” That’s a laundry list of achievements—so how exactly does this technology do it?

Geothermal heat pumps can operate thanks to one key principle: at a certain level beneath the earth, the temperature remains relatively consistent. Fluid in the heat pump transfers the heat it absorbs from the soil to your home in the winter, and takes the heat from your home into the soil in the summer. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, larger types of geothermal heat pumps, such as those used for industrial applications, might also make use of steam.

Is a Geothermal Heat Pump Installation Right for Me?

If you’re looking for both heating and cooling from one affordable system while also doing the environment a favor, then absolutely! Not only can heat pumps cut down on your energy bills, but because they’re both a heating and cooling solution all in one, they can also save you on your maintenance costs, too. Some homeowners choose to have air conditioners or furnaces installed alongside their heat pump for a little extra oomph when needed.

Anoka’s Heat Pump Experts: Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc

We’d be thrilled to bring your home into the modern world with this state-of-the-art heating-and-cooling technology. Reach our Anoka office today at 763-753-6623.

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