Geothermal Energy

- Saving the environment while staying comfortable. It doesn't get better.

Renewable energy such as geothermal and solar voltaic, are key to creating a clean energy future for not only the United States, but our entire planet.

A geothermal heat pump is an ideal choice for your home, and government agencies such as the EPA are claiming it to be one of the greenest ways to provide air conditioning and heating.

How Geothermal Works
Regardless of your climate, the Earth maintains a nearly constant temperature year round. Similar to a cave, this ground temperature is warmer than the air above in the Winter season, and cooler than the air above in the Summer

A geothermal heat pump works just like a normal heat pump setup. If you are unfamiliar with this, see our air conditioning and heating explained page. The primary difference between a geothermal heat pump (GHP) and a normal (air source) heat pump is this: a GHP exchanges heating and cooling energy with the ground instead of extracting it from the air. This is much more efficient as underground temperatures are fairly stable throughout the year.

During the Summer a GHP extracts heat from the indoor air, sending this heat down into the earth loop system (vertical loop represented in the image to the right). The heat is dissipated into the ground, the cooling refrigerant is sent back inside to the coil system and the fan pulls the home indoor the air through the coils, cooling is just like it does with a normal air conditioning installation. In the Winter, heat is extracted from the ground and used to heat the air inside.

Loop Systems
With a GHP, the piping is referred to as an open or closed loop. Common loop systems include vertical (shown here), horizontal, water-source (lake/pond) and well-water (open loop). The drilling for a geothermal heat pump is the most expensive part, with vertical loops being the most expensive and well-water loops typically being the least expensive to install. Options vary greatly depending on your area, property size, etc.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, all areas of the United States have nearly constant shallow-ground temperatures, which are suitable for geothermal heat pumps. Using this efficient, natural, renewable energy source saves our world by paving the way for a better tomorrow and saves you substantial amounts on your utility bills.
Geothermal Loop
Geothermal Vertical Loop
A vertical loop is the ideal choice for a geothermal heat pump when available land surface is limited. Well drilling equipment is used to bore small-diameter holes from 100 to 400 feet deep.
Geothermal Horizontal Loop
Geothermal Horizontal Loop
Horizontal loops are typically used when adequate land surface is available. Depending on the geothermal system needs and space available, pipes are placed in trenches that range in length from 100 to 400 feet.
Geothermal Loop
Open Loop
Open loops are also referred to as Well Water Loops, and in ideal conditions, an open loop installation can be the most economical type of geothermal system. An open loop configuration uses groundwater from a well as a direct energy source.
Geothermal Loop
Geothermal Pond Loop
Also called a Lake Loop, this method is a very economical way to install when a large body of water is available for use near the geothermal heating and air conditioning system. Coils of pipe are placed on the bottom of the pond or lake to capture and exchange the geothermal energy.
Conserving Energy Really Is Important
Modern products make life much easier for us all, but some of them are hurting our environment at alarming rates. Fortunately, manufacturers are taking strides to product energy efficient products and alternative energy solutions that are paving the way for a much better tomorrow.
HVAC & Energy Consumption
Your home heating and cooling system will typically eat up half of your monthly utility bill. All of your computers, blenders, lights and gadgets still will not equal the cost of staying comfortable.
What You Can Do
As mentioned above, technology is coming around with better solutions that are more affordable than ever. Even the most expensive green options, like geothermal and solar energy, are become more affordable every day. Homeowners who cannot afford a new, more efficient HVAC system can still take steps to save energy, like regular system maintenance, enhanced air filtration and more.
Pursue Efficient Solutions
When a Los Angeles AC contractor comes to your home for service work on your heating and cooling system, what is the goal? To save money with the lowest cost fix for a problem? Not the best plan.

Homeowners need to enable their CA HVAC dealer to provide efficient, energy saving products. Often, a dealer is hammered with customers who just want the lowest price. This forces them to put in cheap product to satisfy customer demand. This in turn just prolongs poor environmental practice nation wide.

If you are in search of a local dealer you can trust, check our list of recommended contractors: CA AC
Geothermal Energy
The greenest way to keep your home comfortable is definitely via either solar energy or a geothermal heat pump (GHP). A GHP uses the constant temperature of the earth as a renewable energy source, exchanging energy during the different seasons to keep your home comfortable the same way a normal electric heat pump would. Renewable Energy
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