Geothermal Heat Pumps vs. High-Efficiency Gas Furnaces
With the rise in the erratic climate changes, households have seen several traditional methods of heating and cooling their indoor environment.
One such commonly used method is a high-efficiency gas furnace. Heat is generated due to the burning of fossil fuels in this method. The creation of heat in this method requires an external source of energy to input into the furnace. A more modern take on heating and cooling systems is the Geothermal method. With this method, heat is not created; however, it is simply borrowed from the Earth and directed into your home. While both of these methods create heat efficiently, one is more cost effective. The Geothermal method of heating proves to be the least expensive operationally in comparison to other options. Geothermal heating systems generate 5 units of heat per 1 unit of electricity used and are significantly more efficient when compared to the cost of running a natural gas furnace.
We have well deciphered that the Geothermal systems win the challenge when it comes to heating your homes, now let's take a look at cooling them. A traditional air-source heat pump works by warmth from your home and dissipating it outside. The summer sees the outside areas being hot and humid anyway, which makes it difficult for these cooling systems to dissipate the hot air outside. A Geothermal cooling system, on the other hand, looks back to its friend, the Earth, for cooling effects again. The underground temperatures are significantly lower than that on the surface (57°F in Maryland), the Geothermal method uses an underground loop system to simply exchange the warmth of your home with the coolness of the ground. There we have it, Geothermal is the most efficient form of heating and cooling your home! Installing such a system guarantees that you’re a winner!
Apart from being cost effective and eco-friendlier, Geothermal HVAC systems can be stored or installed indoors without posing a toxic threat to the dwellers. The Energy Challenge is steadily overcome by the Geothermal heating and cooling systems— which side are you on?