Geothermal: A Long Term HVAC System


The average heating system tends to last up to 15 years at the maximum. But what if you had a heating system that lasted longer—say closer to half a decade? The system we are describing isn’t a fantasy. It is a real heating system that you can use for your home.

Geothermal HVAC systems are used as effective heaters for homes around the nation. This is a kind of heat pump system that uses the temperature of the earth to provide heat, rather than using the air outside as the source of heat to warm your home.

With increased efficiency and a longer lifespan, it is surprising more people don’t know about these wonderful heating systems. That is why we want to spread the word about geothermal systems and let you know that, if you might be interested in investing in geothermal HVAC in Gresham, OR, we are the team that can help.

What is a Geothermal System?

A geothermal or ground-source heating system uses heat from the earth to keep your home warm, rather than air. To do this, geothermal systems use the temperature of the earth, which stays constant year-round, rather than the air, to regulate your home comfort. Geothermal systems pump water, or water mixed with antifreeze, through an underground loop to pull from the thermal energy of the earth.

Able to source warmth from either the ground or a nearby body of water (in the case of a water-source geothermal system), these heating systems are quieter, last longer, need less maintenance, and provide great energy efficiency.

Horizontal or Vertical

The underground loops that pull from the thermal energy of the earth to regulate your home’s temperature can be either horizontal or vertical. Horizontal orientations are the most common for residential use as they only require trenches that are four feet in depth to be installed. In contrast, vertical loops can go down from 100 to 400 feet deep but require less land than their horizontal counterpart.

How Are Geothermal Heaters Different?

As we mentioned above, the main difference between a regular heater (or air-source heater) and a geothermal one is that the geothermal system uses the earth’s heat to do its job. Even in regions with extreme temperatures, these systems can provide consistent warmth without having to consume a more extreme amount of energy.

In addition to being a relatively sustainable and efficient system for heating the home, these heating systems also last longer. While the above-ground components last the usual 10–15 year lifespan, the underground loop will be able to do its job for around 50 years.

Want to Learn More?

We could go on about how great geothermal systems are for a much longer post. But rather than overload you we’d prefer to explain how this type of HVAC system can best benefit you. If you are interested in learning more about installing a geothermal system, make sure you reach out to the team at The Clean Air Act, Inc. to learn more.

Ready to enjoy a home with clean and comfy air? Please call Sydni, our Office Extraordinaire, to schedule your next appointment! We will take care of you from there!

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