Geothermal System Installation
Geothermal HVAC systems are innovative, but that doesn’t mean you have to worry about a frustrating installation experience. Here’s what you can expect during geothermal installation:
Introduction and Planning
The introductory step will be meeting with a geothermal HVAC system professional from Epperson Service Experts to determine the size of the geothermal system needed to heat and cool your home.
Size and Cost
No two homes in Hilton Head Island are alike, so receiving a free quote for your specific home is crucial to ensuring the greatest energy-efficiency boost in the end. Geothermal systems can be installed with a current system or can fully replace a regular system, depending on your weather. Ask a member of our staff for all the details.
Depending on land or water resources, there are a few different setups: horizontal loop, vertical loop or pond loop. You’ll choose the best configuration during your consultation.
Did You Know?
Despite the name, geothermal heat pumps are 2-in-1 systems that provide both heating and cooling. Whichever system you want to have installed, it will utilize steady below-ground temperatures to efficiently both heat AND cool your home.
Ground-Source Heat Pumps vs. Water-Source Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps can draw on the thermal energy of both the ambient temperature several feet underground as well as a sufficiently large body of water. You’ll want to choose between a ground-source or water-source model.
Ground-Source Heat Pumps
At 5 feet below ground, the temperature is much more consistent throughout the year. Ground-source heat pumps use this consistency to transfer heat in or out of a building. In heating mode, they pump ambient heat above ground, while cooling mode reverses the process to send heat underground for later use.
Water-Source Heat Pumps
Ponds, lakes and other sources of water can can also be a source of stable temperatures. Water-source heat pumps are particularly useful for cooling, so long as the body of water is at least 1/2-3/4th of an acre as well as 8 feet deep.
Plan for Annual Maintenance
Once your new geothermal system is installed, you can control it like any other HVAC equipment. Just the same, you should schedule routine preventive maintenance to keep your geothermal system in peak condition.
A geothermal HVAC system can be as reliable as central forced-air systems, but with even greater energy efficiency. Make the most of these savings by staying up to date on maintenance.
Contact Epperson Service Experts today at 843-619-3781 or schedule online for a free quote or to learn more about your geothermal heating and cooling options.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is geothermal heating and cooling? How does it work?
Geothermal systems use energy from below ground to provide heating and cooling. They use a “loop” system by moving and delivering from either the ground or a water source in heating mode. In cooling mode, this process works in reverse by extracting heat from inside the home to the ground or a water source. The cold air in cooling mode is the result of the process of removing heat and humidity as air is recirculated.
Is geothermal HVAC worth it?
Geothermal HVAC ends up being more affordable in the long run due to lower utility bills, despite the up-front costs. And they’re more efficient than a standard system with a furnace and air conditioner. There are also federal rebates and incentives that we can help you navigate during the installation process.
What are the pros and cons of geothermal energy?
Rather than generating their own heat, geothermal systems use the Earth’s natural ambient temperature for climate control. You wind up with lower utility bills, and geothermal systems are also usually more resilient. If you keep up with routine maintenance, you can get 20 years from a geothermal heat pump and as much as 50+ years for an underground loop system.
Is there such a thing as geothermal air conditioning?
Yes! Geothermal heat pumps are similar to traditional central heat pumps in that they are 2-in-1 systems capable of providing both heating and cooling. Even with this potentially confusing name, geothermal heat pumps are just as effective at cooling homes in many different climates. In fact, they’re often the most efficient type of system available!