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Cherry Hill Heating Cooling: Article About Geothermal Heat Pumps

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Heat pumps have been part of residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning, more commonly known as HVAC, systems for decades. They provide efficient electric heating and cooling by drawing heat from the surrounding air and transferring it to where it is needed. A typical heat pump compresses coolant to raise the temperature of absorbed heat and exhaust it back into your home or into the air, depending on whether heating or cooling is taking place.

A geothermal heat pump (GHP) works on the same principles, but rather than absorbing heat from the air, it accesses the heat within the earth. The geothermal system consists of a fan unit located outside your home, a condenser and an evaporator coil positioned inside your home. Call your Cherry Hill heating cooling consultant to discuss your geothermal options.

The main part of the system works several feet underground, drawing on geothermal energy and transferring that heat through subterranean tubing leading into your residence. This energy source is more stable, maintaining a mean temperature despite seasonal conditions. It is more reliable as an energy source than the air. Because of the more abundant thermal supply, GHPs often incorporate a water-heating component as well.

When the weather outside is hot, your geothermal energy source remains at a steady temperature that is cooler than the air. This provides a stable source of energy for cooling your home as efficiently as possible.

GHPs are not unusual in the HVAC industry these days.

A heating cooling professional from Filan & Conner of Cherry Hill NJ would be happy to answer any question you have about furnace repair or air conditioning service.

However, due to the specialized nature of GHP systems, your best resource for installation is a reputable HVAC contractor. The outdoor component of the geothermal heat pump requires the excavation of a deep underground hole. The indoor component is connected to your home's interior ductwork and water supply system.

Initially, a GHP is more expensive than a traditional heat pump in terms of equipment and installation. However, the federal Energy Star program has tapped heat pump technology as one of the most energy-efficient innovations in recent years. A closed loop system can save up to 47 percent above minimum Energy Star efficiency standards for residential HVAC systems while open loop technology saves up to 58 percent. This translates to a significant reduction in consumption. In fact, the program estimates that replacing less efficient equipment with a GHP can save you over $200 annually on your energy bill.

As an added benefit, if you have a GHP installed in your home before the end of 2016, you may qualify for a 30 percent federal tax credit that has no upper limit. If you put the GHP in your primary or secondary residence, whether it is under construction or an existing home, you are eligible for the tax credit. Any rental properties you own do not qualify.

Geothermal technology is well worth looking into when building a new home or retrofitting your existing domicile. Like solar energy, geothermal is natural and renewable. Unlike solar, geothermal heat sources are virtually unaffected by seasonal variations in weather patterns. Contact your HVAC contractor to find out how you can put subterranean energy to work in keeping your home more comfortable.

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