Common Questions About Geothermal Heat

Are you considering installing a geothermal energy system for your Seattle home?  Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about geothermal heat pumps.

  • I know a geothermal energy system can heat my home, but can it keep it cool, too?
    Yes!  One of the benefits of going with geothermal energy is the ability to both heat and cool your home.  Using the Earth’s temperature, geothermal pumps can transfer heat from the earth to your home during the winter months, then reverse the process during summer months. Whether heating or cooling, your homes’ geothermal system uses the same ground loops.  
  • How long does a geothermal heat pump last?  
    Geothermal systems are incredibly durable and can last decades with minimal maintenance. 
  • I don’t have a large yard, can I still install a geothermal energy system?
    One part of the geothermal heat pump is a heat exchanger, a series of piping earth loops, buried several feet beneath the ground.  These pipes can be buried vertically rather than horizontally which is typically done if space is limited. 
  • Can I add a geothermal system to my existing furnace?  And why would some people want both systems?
    It is possible to have a “dual” system, particularly if your home’s furnace is newer.  While a geothermal energy system alone can keep your home comfortable, especially if you install the correct size for your home,  some people may opt to pair it with an existing furnace.  In this scenario, the geothermal system is the main heating system and the original furnace acts as a supplemental heat source in extremely cold weather.  
  • What is the correct size system for my home?
    This depends on the size of your home and your heating/cooling needs.  Our specialists can determine the appropriate size geothermal heat pump your home will require.  Contact us today! 
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