What Is Geothermal Heating?

February 7, 2024

If you are shopping for a new heating and cooling system, aside from a ductless mini-split or heat pump, the name geothermal system might come up and it does not use fossil fuel. 

Geothermal systems are popular residential heating and cooling units with part of their equipment stored underground. Relying on the earth’s temperatures instead of outdoor air, these energy-efficient and durable systems work like heat pumps.

Geothermal operation does not change in Georgia weather which reached a sweltering 112 degrees in 1983, and a record low of minus 17 degrees near Beatum. Performance is also not affected by flooding or snow like in 1994 when Americus had 21.1 inches of snow.

Below we will explore how geothermal systems work, their benefits and savings, and how The King can help.

How Does a Geothermal System Work? 

Using only small amounts of energy, geothermal systems do not require natural gas, and their layouts differ from traditional HVAC setups.

These units include:

  • A distribution system: Like ductwork and vents, it transfers either cold or hot air into your home through a forced air system with an air handler and ductwork, or it can use water-to-water for carrying cold or hot water to heat your home.
  • A geothermal heat pump: The hub for heating and cooling activities, it stores the heat exchanger and compressor and transfers water through the loops.
  • A geothermal loop: A system of wide, horizontal pipes underground, and it includes antifreeze and water, it can make temperatures lower or higher. Businesses use a vertical piping system, while some geothermal pipes can include underwater access.
  • Open/closed loops: Loops are open and carry water underground, or closed where they harness heat from the ground and warm it in your heat pump through the geo-exchange system. 

Benefits of a Geothermal System

A geothermal system is underground, and unlike traditional heaters, it is not exposed to the elements and the usual wear-and-tear. Geothermal system advantages include: 

  • Lower heating costs by as much as 70%, and they do not require oil or gas.
  • Replace an older, polluting, and inefficient furnace with a stable and sustainable resource.
  • Improve energy efficiency 4 times better than traditional heaters.
  • Have a life span of 25+ years and offers quiet functionality.

Offset Costs for your geothermal

Because you are installing a new heating system, another benefit is accessing federal tax credits through December 31, 2032, with the Inflation Reduction Act.

Covering about 30% of installation costs up to $2,000, other incentives include utility credits, flexible financing terms, and online promotions. Routine service is also suggested.

Extended life spans

Regular service by a licensed and experienced technician includes tasks like checking the coolant levels, inspecting the loops, replacing the air filters, cleaning the ducts, and checking the connections.

These steps can extend the life of your geothermal system and keep repair and replacement costs low.

Choose Harrell King for Geothermal Repair, Replacement, and Maintenance

Established in 1990 and backed by years of industry-leading experience, Harrell King Heating & Air provides top-rated HVAC services. Our NATE-certified technicians are background-checked, licensed, and insured. Respectful and uniformed, they specialize in all brands. 

With same-day appointments, 24-hour service, and fully stocked trucks, we offer military, veteran, and senior discounts. See our excellent reviews and coupons, and rely on us for your residential heating and cooling needs, big or small!

Service fit for a king! Schedule geothermal installation in Bainbridge or Thomasville, GA. Call Harrell King at 229-243-8040.

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