Ground-Source Heat Pumps: Should You Get One?

If you're getting ready to replace your old heating and cooling system soon, you might be considering other options as a replacement. One of the options you may think about is a heat pump. There are different types of heat pumps you might choose from, including a ground-source device. Learn more about ground-source heat pumps and whether or not such a system is right for your house.

What's a Ground-Source Heat Pump?

You may already know about a traditional heat pump and how it works. However, not all homeowners know about ground-source (geothermal) heat pumps. Knowing the differences between the devices can help you determine the best course of action to take for your home.

Like traditional heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps contain properties that allow them to heat homes in the coldest times of the year and cool homes in the hottest seasons of the year. But unlike traditional pumps, which use the air in the environment to function, ground-source equipment rely on the earth to operate. Some geothermal heaters also use ground water as a source of energy. Because the temperature beneath soil tends to stay constant, ground-source heat pumps may be better or more efficient for you.

How Do You Get a Ground-Source Pump?

If you're interested in installing a geothermal heater on your property, contact an HVAC contractor. Before an HVAC contractor can install a ground-source heat pump on your property, they'll need to be sure it's a good fit for you. Ground-source heaters need sufficient underground space to work properly. The soil in the installation area must be sound enough to support the pump's cabling and loops. The soil must also be stable enough to "trench" or dig safely.

In addition to the above requirements, a contractor will need to install an air handler inside your home. The air handler will distribute the warm and cold air produced by your heat pump after installation. 

If a contractor verifies that everything is okay, they'll proceed with the installation. However, if your soil and other factors don't fit the requirements needed to install a ground-source heat pump, a contractor may offer to install a traditional heat pump or another heating system in your home instead. If you become stuck and can't decide, don't worry. A contractor is always ready to help you make the best decision for your heating (and cooling) needs.

If you need help with your heating needs, reach out to a company like High Tech Heating & Air Conditioning Inc today.