In the last decade, a lot of advances have been made in the quest for alternative energy systems. In the decades to come we will see even more advances, and the way we use and generate energy will change. We use a lot of energy to keep us warm or cold in our homes and in the office buildings where we work. Geothermal systems have been designed to reduce the amount of energy that we need to use to stay hot or cold.
What is a geothermal system?
A geothermal system is a central heating and/or cooling system that exchanges heat with the soil underneath buildings and it is used to heat or cool homes or office buildings. Soil has a tremendous ability to store and release heat.
A geothermal systems power is typically measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs), which is the amount of energy needed to cool or heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. When BTUs are removed from an object, the temperature will drop. If BTU’s are added to an object, the temperature will increase.
Geothermal systems link the inside of a building with the soil beneath it. When a building is too warm, a geothermal system will remove BTU’s from the building and add it to the soil. If a building is too cold, a geothermal system will add BTU’s to the building by removing it from the soil. Geothermal systems create a comfortable working or living environment.
Conventional heating systems are around 95 percent efficient. This means that you receive 95 cents worth of heat or energy for every dollar spent. With a geothermal system, however, you will receive four dollars worth of energy for every one dollar spent.
Geothermal systems last for 20 to 25 years and due to the energy savings, usually will pay for themselves within three to five years (depending on the type of system installed). There are huge potential returns on investment due to the energy savings over the lifetime of the average system.
For more information and expert advice about geothermal systems and other issues related to home comfort, please contact Cool Power, LLC. We have been serving the Long Island, NY area since 1975.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about geothermal systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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