How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work

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Ground source heat pumps are an ideal way of reducing energy costs. They usually harness natural heat from the ground by pumping water through them. They function in the same way as a boiler does in a central heating system, but they utilize ambient heat that is generated from the ground as opposed to burning fuel in order to generate heat.

For more information on ground source heat pumps and other HVAC and air conditioning systems, be sure to check out my website at cascademechanical.com.

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How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work

  1. 1. How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work  Brought to you by: www.cascademechanical.com
  2. 2. How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work Ground source heat pumps are an ideal way of reducing energy costs. They usually harness natural heat from the ground by pumping water through them. They function in the same way as a boiler does in a central heating system, but they utilize ambient heat that is generated from the ground as opposed to burning fuel in order to generate heat.
  3. 3. How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work These systems are very friendly to the environment since they use natural heat from the earth which does not have emissions or toxins. Even though the ground source heat pumps may be a bit expensive to install compared to the other heating and cooling systems, you will save so much money over the years when using them.
  4. 4. How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work They can last for over fifty years if they are maintained properly. As a result, you will be able to get all your money's worth from them before they break or wear out. The ground source heat pumps require very little maintenance. The only concerns you will have when using them is to make sure the debris is kept away from them and the compressor, which is the most expensive part, is properly maintained.
  5. 5. How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work The systems come with a warranty that covers annual checkups, electric failure, mechanical malfunctions and annual parts and labor. During installation of the ground source heat pumps, a series of pipes are usually drilled down into the ground in order to create a circuit. After that, air is pumped through the circuit with the use of a small electric fan.
  6. 6. How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work The air goes down into the ground where it is warmed up before coming back up the ground. These heat pumps are not only used for heating the home. During summer time, you can also use them as air conditioners to pump cool air into your house. During the heating process of the ground source heat pumps, the compressors are used to compress refrigerants.
  7. 7. How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work They are powered by electricity. The compression causes the refrigerant to expand, and then it is pumped to circulating systems that are located inside of the building. The basic principle of operation of these systems is very simple. A heat exchanger that is buried underground collects heat from the ground. The heat exchanger in this case can be a loop of high density polythene.
  8. 8. How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work The loop is very important when it comes to circulating the heating fluid, which is usually a mixture of antifreeze and water. The efficiency of the ground source heat pumps depend on their design as well as installation. The size of the building also has an effect on the type of system that should be installed.
  9. 9. How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work You will need to make sure that the system is not too small if you have a large home since it may not be able to heat or cool it efficiently. A system that is too big may also not be ideal for smaller home since it may end up causing you to pay high energy bills. For more information on ground source heat pumps and other HVAC and air conditioning systems, be sure to check out my website.
  10. 10. How Ground Source Heat Pumps Work  Brought to you by: www.cascademechanical.com

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