With summer approaching fast, homeowners are scrambling to get their houses ready for the hottest days of the year. Air conditioning systems are being repaired, maintained, and replaced with new models in preparation for the season. You’re probably right in the middle of this process yourself. One thing you may not have considered, however, is a geothermal system. Read on to find out how a geothermal system can help keep you cool this summer.
What is a Geothermal System?
A geothermal system is a kind of heat pump, capable of both heating and cooling functions. Most heat pumps, however, are of the “air-source” variety. They gather thermal energy from the outside air to heat a home, and vent heat out into the air to cool it. A geothermal system works similarly, but it doesn’t use the outside air. Instead, a geothermal system uses an underground pipe loop to siphon subterranean thermal energy. This loop is full of either water or refrigerant, which is cycled through the main unit during operation.
What are the Benefits of Geothermal Cooling?
10–15 feet underground, the temperature remains between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This is true regardless of the weather above ground. The geothermal system takes advantage of this constant source of thermal energy to heat the home during the winter. During the summer, the geothermal unit siphons heat from inside and vents it into the water or refrigerant in the loop. The cool temperature underground then lowers the temperature of the liquid back to 55 degrees, and the cycle repeats.
By using a geothermal system, you aren’t just getting a heating and cooling system in one. You’re actually using one of the most efficient HVAC systems on the market. A geothermal system can save you thousands of dollars over the years through its method of operation.
If you’d like to know more about how geothermal systems can benefit you, call Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. We provide geothermal systems throughout Santa Fe, NM.