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Geothermal heating

Geothermal, or ground-source heat pumps utilize the consistent temperature of the earth as a heat source or heat sink. It's necessary to dig trenches or bore holes in the ground to facilitate this energy-saving heat exchange. Drawing courtesy of Dept. of Energy.

Using geothermal energy is super-efficient with the installation of a ground-source heat pump

Heat pump technology has been around for a long time. Refrigerators rely on heat pumps to maintain cool temperatures.

Air-source heat pumps provide cooling and (in some cases) heating in many houses and commercial buildings.

But ground-source heat pumps (also known as geothermal heat pumps) represent the newest in heat pump technology, and are definitely in a class by themselves in terms of energy efficiency and "green" value.

Contact us today for more information about geothermal heating and cooling.

We offer estimates in Houston, Bellaire, Katy, Pasadena, Pearland, The Woodlands, West University, Richmond, Rosenberg, Lake Jackson, and all surrounding cities and towns.

All heat pumps use electricity

All heat pumps require electricity to operate. The electricity powers a compressor that pumps a refrigerant compound through evaporation and condensation cycles, effectively “moving” heat from one location to another. This function is easier to understand if you think about the cooling effect that occurs when perspiration evaporates from your body. As the moisture on your skin changes from a liquid to water vapor, heat is absorbed and your body cools off. In the same way, refrigerant absorbs and gives up heat as it is pumped through evaporation and condensing cycles.

The more efficient a heat pump is, the less electricity (and money) will be required for it to operate. And here’s where geothermal heat pumps lead the way. A geothermal heat pump utilizes a renewable resource: the steady temperature of the earth at a depth of 10 feet or so. At this depth, the temperature of the soil remains between 45-55 degrees every day of the year. This steady temperature means that the earth can act as a heat source (to move heat inside the house in winter) or heat sink (to move heat from inside to outside during hot weather).

Geothermal heat pump benefits

  • Superior energy efficiency for heating & cooling. Geothermal heat pumps are among the most efficient HVAC systems available. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, geothermal heat pumps can save homeowners 30% - 70% on heating and 20% - 50% on cooling costs over conventional systems.
  • Savings on water heating. Most geothermal heat pumps will also heat the water used for washing, eliminating the need for a separate water heater.
  • Compatibility with solar PV. A geothermal heat pump only requires electricity to operate; no fossil fuels are necessary. Some homeowners elect to power one renewable energy system with another –installing photovoltaic (PV) panels to provide solar electricity for operating the heat pump and other devices.
  • Long system life. Although more expensive to install than other HVAC systems, geothermal heat pumps typically outlast other HVAC systems.
  • Financial incentives. Federal and state incentives are available to help offset the higher cost of geothermal heat pump installation. Dr. Energy Saver has the most up to date information on these programs.

Geothermal heat pump installation requires excavation

Not all properties are suitable for geothermal systems, but many are. To create the “ground loop” where the heat exchange takes place, it’s necessary to bore holes or dig trenches. Newer "direct exchange" or DX heat pumps circulate refrigerant compound directly in buried copper tubing, reducing excavation requirements.

Schedule an estimate for geothermal installation

If you plan to stay in your house for at least five years, a geothermal heat pump can be a very smart investment. Call Dr. Energy Saver to schedule an evaluation and estimate for an advanced geothermal heat pump system. We offer estimates in Houston, Katy, Bellaire, Pearland, Pasadena, West University, The Woodlands, Rosenberg, Lake Jackson, Richmond, Missouri City, Sugarland, , Friendswood, and more.

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Our Locations:

Dr. Energy Saver by STX Efficiency Experts
13701 Hycohen Road
Mailbox 59
Houston, TX 77047