5 Environmental Benefits to a Geothermal HVAC System
Most people would agree that it is important to help the environment. Of course, that is easier said than done. Sure, it easier than ever before to recycle, but most of us could probably stand to do a little more to help take part in the Eco Furnace green movement and reduce our own personal carbon footprint
And if you are motivated to accomplish this soon, it might be a good idea for you to consider a geothermal heating/cooling system.
There are many benefits to installing a geothermal heating and cooling (HVAC) system for your home.
- Installing an eco-friendly geothermal HVAC system reduces the use of chemical refrigerants, opting to use looping water pipes underground instead of running geothermal lines to the outside (which can waste energy).
- Installing an eco-friendly geothermal HVAC system will eliminate combustion related heat, opting instead to capitalize on solar heating of the earth, itself, to seasonally collect the heat needed to insulate the system.
- Eco-friendly geothermal HVAC systems redirect waste heat from the system’s compressor into domestic water heating. Normally, a traditional system which simply exhaust this heat/air outward, into the environment. This, of course, reduces the environmental impact of both combustion heating and electric domestic water heating.
- Installing an eco-friendly geothermal HVAC system serves to reduce electrical consumption versus traditional heating and cooling systems. This can, for one, reduce power plant emissions.
- Installing an eco-friendly geothermal HVAC system also reduces the noise pollution typically associated with traditional equipment.
And now for, perhaps, the best news: The United States Environmental Protection Agency says that “Ground source heating and cooling can be done almost anywhere in the United States using a geothermal heat pump, a highly efficient renewable energy technology that takes advantage of the constant temperature of the earth beneath the surface. The heat pump transfers heat stored in the Earth or in ground water into a building during the winter, and transfers it out of the building and back into the ground during the summer. In other words, the ground acts as a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer. Applications of this technology are for space heating and cooling and hot water.”