The Features and Functions of a Geothermal Heat Pump

What just about everyone says they like most about a geothermal heating and cooling system is that it has so few moving parts. There’s just that much less that can go bad– that much less needing maintenance. And that alone makes a big difference in cutting the overall energy costs of Mobile homeowners who’ve gone geothermal.

 

Still, the system does have some moving parts. Most of them are found in its most conspicuous component, too: the geothermal heat pump.

This is the system’s powerplant. Its purpose is to transfer heat. And it transfers heat either from the ground into your house or from your house into the ground, depending on ambient temperatures. That being the case, it’s a furnace and an air conditioner united in one discreet package.

Water – or an antifreeze solution – is the medium the heat pump uses to transfer heat. This liquid flows through loops of underground pipes to which the heat pump is linked above ground. During heating season the liquid draws heat from the ground, the heat pump draws the warm liquid up into refrigerant coils, and the heat is then is circulated throughout a home by way of either a forced air or a hydronic system. During cooling season the exact opposite happens: the pump draws heat from your home and transfers it to the ground through those same buried loops. Oh, and somewhere along the way, many geothermal systems also provide domestic hot water.

The basic distinction between a geothermal heat pump and a ordinary furnace is that a heat pump doesn’t set fuel burning to generate heat. No, indeed, it takes heat that already exists and just moves it around. That naturally makes it a much more efficient heating and cooling system. Remember this, too: underground temperatures usually remain at around 50º F all year long. The payoff? A geothermal heating and cooling system requires considerably less energy to cool your home than regular air conditioners.

So … is a geothermal system best for your Mobile home? Talk with this region’s geothermal wizards, the friendly gang at Geothermal Solutions.