How a Geothermal Heat Pump Heats and Cools Florida Homes
Geothermal heat pumps can provide Jacksonville area homeowners with some of the most efficient and economic heating and cooling available. If you’re thinking about installing a geothermal system in your home, the following information can help you understand how the equipment works and how it can save you substantial amounts of money on your home comfort expenses.
High Efficiency at Low Cost
Geothermal heat pumps provide very high levels of operational efficiency, resulting in significant energy savings and substantially reduced costs. A geothermal heat pump system can slash monthly heating and cooling expenses by 50 percent or more. Geothermal systems also work well in climates that don’t experience sustained periods of cold weather below 32 degrees, making them particularly useful in Florida.
How Geothermal Heat Pumps Work
Heat pumps in general work by capturing heat and moving it from place to place. Geothermal systems use the ground outside your home as a major source of heat acquisition and dispersal. The system consists of an indoor heat pump, supplemented by heat exchangers and air-handling fans, and an outdoor series of pipes called a loop. The loop contains water or a water/antifreeze solution and is buried underground at a depth where the temperature stays consistent throughout the year. The liquid in the loop pipes circulates between the indoor and outdoor components.
When the system cools your home, it captures heat from inside your home and transfers it to the liquid in the loop pipes. The hot liquid circulates outside, where the heat is released into the ground. When heating is required, the flow of liquid is reversed. It then pulls heat out of the ground and brings it inside your home, where the heat in the liquid is transferred to the air that is used to warm your home’s indoor spaces.
Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning is a premier provider of HVAC sales, service, maintenance and installation in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Middleberg and the surrounding Florida communities. Contact us today for more information on geothermal heat pumps and why they are considered so appropriate for Florida climates.
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