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What Are Geothermal Systems?

Geothermal systems can give Calgary homeowners a more energy-efficient way to keep their homes warm or cool instead of using a furnace or central air conditioner. However, these systems aren’t necessarily the most suitable choice for everyone. Learn more about this type of system to help you determine if it might be a good option for your home.

How Geothermal Systems Work

Geothermal systems don’t depend on fossil fuels like furnaces do. Instead, these systems draw on heat inside the ground to warm homes up in winter. A geothermal system uses a loop system to transfer heat from the ground to homes. During summer, this system can cool homes off by removing heat from the home and transferring it back to the ground. These systems do use electricity in order for their pump component to work, but they require less energy overall compared to conventional heating and cooling systems.

Geothermal Loop Systems

Geothermal loop systems are available in a few different types, including horizontal loops, vertical loops and pond or lake system loops. These are all closed-loop systems that vary in installation costs and the amount of ground needed to set them up. Open loop systems, which are less common, involve using well water or surface water. Horizontal loop systems are the least expensive, although they require the most surface space for installation.

Benefits of Geothermal Systems

A geothermal system can provide you with important benefits. These systems use a renewable energy source rather than using nonrenewable fossil fuels, which makes them more eco-friendly. They also offer a cleaner source of energy. While these systems often cost more to install, you can expect to recoup these costs in the long run thanks to much lower energy bills. A geothermal system is also less noisy than conventional heating and cooling systems, and it needs less maintenance over the years while also lasting longer.

If you have questions about heating, cooling and plumbing, please contact Arpi’s Industries. Our Project Managers would be happy to speak with you about HVAC and plumbing systems suitable for your Calgary home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide.