The concept is quite simple. It works very similar to how your
current air conditioner now works. Your AC moves excess heat from your home, using freon, coils, and a compressor, to the air in your backyard.
A simple AIR TO AIR HEAT PUMP works similarly to this, with the addition of a reverse cycle. It has the ability to move heat (in the winter) from the air outside your home or building to the air inside. Now, we will admit that gets a bit tough to do when it is ZERO outside. This process is much easier with a geothermal heat pump.
A GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMP is actually a DIRT TO AIR HEAT PUMP. In the summer, when your home or business gets too hot, we move that excess heat outside. Instead of putting it into the air where it will simply be blown to another state, we choose to put it into a specified chunk of DIRT where we can save it until winter. (You can learn a lot from a squirrel).
We do this by first transferring the heat into a closed loop which contains antifreeze and water. We then circulate that antifreeze through a series of pipes that run either horizontally or vertically through your backyard.
In the winter we simply reverse the freon flow and begin pulling that same heat that we put in the ground all summer back out of the DIRT and put it back in your building or home.
Depending on the price of your utilities, the size and efficiency of your current system, and several other variables, you could save anywhere from $600 to $5,000 per year on your utility bills.
The reasons for the savings are really very simple.
1. In heating season you can get up to $5.00 out of each dollar's worth of energy you buy. This is because instead of simply burning the energy up, you use it to extract heat from the ground.
2. In the summer it costs much less to send the excess heat from your house or building into a cool earth instead of putting it into hot outside air.
3. In cooling season you get free hot water, in the winter you get it cheaper than you could with a conventional water heater.
4. You may be eligible for up to a $6000.00 tax credit. Currently the Federal Government is offering a 30% tax credit for Geothermal until 12-31-2016. We are hoping they will extend this, but have not heard yet.
Please call us today, we would be happy to explain all of the aspects of it to you in greater detail, and answer any of your questions.
In the above example, we would like for you to notice several things.
1. We will come to your home or business, measure and survey your insulation, windows, doors, walls, infiltration, usage and other pertinent facts. We then, at no charge and at your request, provide you with a computerized load and utility comparison for your home or business.
2. Looking in the Total column you can see that this customer was able to choose between keeping their old system and paying $7270 per year or upgrade and pay anywhere from $2,079.00 to $4,995.00 per year to heat, cool, and heat hot water for their home.
3. Based on an estimated 4% expected escalation rate in utility costs (you can have us set this number at whatever you expect) this customer could expect to save over $154,000 in utility costs over the next 20 years by choosing the best system.
4. Every home and business is different. They have different loads, utility costs and usages. Most do not show quite this much savings, but let us figure it for you and then you can make a wise informed decision.
Horizontal pipes are buried about 5' below the surface. These systems require an area of at least 240' x 80' that can be trenched for the installation. We have installed several hundered of these since the early 1980s
Vertical wells are drilled 200 feet deep and a loop is inserted in each hole. While every home is different, most require 3-5 of these. These systems are a little more expensive, but work well when there is not enough land available for the Horizontal systems. Our experience is that these systems actually work even better as much of the pipe is below the water level.
This method is my personal favorite for people who live outside of town, have their own water well and love water based recreation. Water is pumped from your own water well, heat is either robbed from or added to the water to heat or cool your home and then the water is used to fill a small reservoir (pond) that you can use for swimming, fishing, boating or just viewing. (Please see picture below) Most homes require a minimum of a 1/3 acre pond.
With this method we place a heat exchanger in an existing lake or pond. These systems are much more prevalent in areas that have more surface area than we have here.
Please call us today for a free consultation with no obligation. Let us help you decide which method would be the best fit for you.
I know that every salesman that has ever tried to sell you anything has told you this about their product. We would love the chance to explain why we believe that a properly engineered and installed system is the most reliable method to heat or cool your home or business.
A Geothermal system has most all of the main components that a standard air conditioning system has. Most of these components are even made by the same manufacturer. One thing that makes these parts and components more reliable is that they are now located inside your building. They are no longer subjected to heat, cold, mice, rain, snow, ants, wind, hail, dogs, ornery neighbor kids with ice picks or BB guns, or even drug addicts stealing copper. Yes, we have seen all of these. Because you now have just one unit with a reverse cycle, instead of a furnace and an air conditioner, you end up with much less working parts.
You would, of course, be wise to ask, "But what about the pipe in the back yard?" We use a very thick wall Polyethylene pipe which has a projected life of 250 years underground. We fusion weld all underground connections which gives the connections the same reliability expectation as the pipe itself.
We generally bury the pipe at least 3' deep greatly reducing the possibility that any gardening chore would ever come close to damaging it.
We believe that a Geothermal system installed by us will prove to be the most reliable way to heat, cool, and water heat your home or business.
Weber Refrigeration Heating and Air Conditioning