Geothermal System Installation
Geothermal HVAC systems are innovative, but that doesn’t mean you have to worry about a frustrating installation experience. Here’s what you can expect during geothermal installation:
Introduction and Planning
The introductory step will be meeting with a geothermal HVAC system professional from Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air to properly size the geothermal system needed to heat and cool your home.
Size and Cost
No two homes in San Antonio are alike, so receiving a free quote for your specific home is crucial to ensuring the greatest energy-efficiency boost in the end. Geothermal systems are compatible with your existing system or can fully replace a regular system, depending on the local climate. Ask a member of our staff for all the details.
Depending on land or water resources, there are a few different setups: horizontal loop, vertical loop or pond loop. You’ll pick a configuration option during your consultation.
Did You Know?
Despite the name, geothermal heat pumps are dual function systems that provide both heating and cooling. Whichever system you want to have installed, it will utilize steady below-ground temperatures to efficiently both heat AND cool your home.
Ground-Source Heat Pumps vs. Water-Source Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps can extract heat from the ambient temperature several feet underground as well as a sufficiently large body of water. You’ll want to choose between a ground-source or water-source model.
Ground-Source Heat Pumps
At 5 feet below ground, the temperature is much more consistent throughout the year. Ground-source heat pumps take advantage of this consistency when heating or cooling the property. In heating mode, they pump ambient heat above ground, while cooling mode reverses the process to send heat underground for later use.
Water-Source Heat Pumps
Nearby water sources also offer consistent internal temperatures. Water-source heat pumps are especially efficient when used for cooling, provided that the body of water is at least 1/2-3/4th of an acre in addition to 8 feet deep.
Plan for Annual Maintenance
Once your new geothermal system is installed, you can control it like other kinds of HVAC systems. Just the same, you should schedule routine preventive maintenance to keep your geothermal system in peak condition.
Geothermal heating and cooling can be as dependable as central forced-air systems, but with even greater energy efficiency. Ensure the most savings by staying up to date on maintenance.
Call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air today at 210-404-4233 or schedule online for a free quote or to learn more about your geothermal heating and cooling options.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is geothermal heating and cooling? How does it work?
Geothermal systems use energy from below ground to provide heating and cooling. They use a “loop” system by moving and delivering from either the ground or a water source in heating mode. In cooling mode, this process works in reverse by extracting heat from inside the home to the ground or a water source. The cold air in cooling mode is the result of the process of removing heat and humidity as air is recirculated.
Is geothermal HVAC right for me?
Geothermal HVAC ends up being more affordable in the long run due to operational savings on utility bills, despite the large initial cost for installation. And they’re more efficient than conventional, forced-air systems. Ask about federal rebates and other financial incentives during the installation process.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of geothermal energy?
Geothermal systems don’t generate heat, instead using the Earth’s natural ambient temperature for climate control. You wind up with lower utility bills, and geothermal systems will also usually last longer. If you keep up with routine maintenance, you can get 20 years from a geothermal heat pump and as much as 50+ years for an underground loop system.
Is there such a thing as geothermal air conditioning?
Yes! Geothermal heat pumps are similar to traditional central heat pumps in that they are 2-in-1 systems capable of providing both heating and cooling. Despite a confusing name, geothermal heat pumps are just as effective at cooling homes in a variety of climates. In fact, they’re often the most efficient type of system available!