Installing a geothermal system for heating/cooling your Tulsa area home is a good idea and could represent one of the more important decisions you make regarding your home's energy bills. With geothermal heat pumps considered as one of the most efficient and economical means of conditioning a home's interior, installations here in northeastern Oklahoma have soared.
Efficiency and economy are two outstanding benefits of a geothermal system, whether water-source or ground-source. When in heating mode, these unique heat-pump systems absorb heat from the ground or water (surface or below-ground) and transfer it to your home's interior. Because no heat is being created and no combustion occurs, heating efficiency can be as much as 300-400 percent greater than with a top-of-the-line furnace. It's also safer, with no carbon monoxide or other negative environmental effects being produced.
In cooling mode, heat is absorbed from inside your home and transferred outside, either to the ground or water source, depending on the type of geothermal system being employed. This operation is the same as with conventional air-source heat pumps, with the exception of where the heat goes once it's been removed from your living area.
Because the earth (below the frost line) and water bodies (below freezing depth) remain at a fairly constant temperature, they are a perfect source of heat in winter and an ideal repository for heat in summer. The ground loops installed to facilitate the heat transfer promoted by geothermal system operation are typically made from high-density polyethylene or copper piping and have a life-expectancy of up to 50 years.
Here are four major benefits to consider:
High efficiency and low, economical operating costs.
Low environmental impact, with zero CO, CO2 or other greenhouse gas production.
Quiet operation due to no need for outside compressor or fan units.
Less maintenance required due to fewer moving parts, leading to longer life expectancy (25-50 years).
Since being founded in 1985, Air Assurance, located in Broken Arrow, has grown to be the largest HVAC service-provider in Metro Tulsa. Please contact us for further information on geothermal or advice on any other indoor air comfort matters.Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). Image courtesy of Shutterstock