Geothermal heat pumps are a great way to reduce costs, emissions and provide comfortable heating and cooling.
Geothermal heat pumps use the earth as a heat source in the winter and as a heat storage source in the summer. The ground loop components of a geothermal heating and cooling system can last up to 50 years! Ground and water temperatures, 6 feet below the earth's surface, stay relatively constant throughout the year.
This allows the system to provide extremely efficient heating or cooling all year long in virtually any climate. Sometimes the term "environmental comfort system" is used to describe a geothermal heat pump. This happens because a heat pump absorbs or rejects heat from the earth and has absolutely no impact on the environment.
In its simplest form, a heat pump absorbs heat from one location and moves it to another location. Geothermal heat pumps accomplish this by moving heat from the naturally warm earth or ground water into your home. In the summer time this process is reversed, and heat is moved from your home to the ground to cool your home.