What is Geothermal Energy?

If you are trying to find a new heating and cooling solution for your home, chances are you have come across a geothermal option.  Although it’s popular and widely offered, many opt for more traditional forms of heating and cooling, simply because they don’t understand what geothermal means. So, before you go making a big decision that will cost you big bucks, here is a quick lesson on geothermal energy.

What is Geothermal Energy

Let’s begin by breaking down the words.

GEO: A Greek word that means earth

THERMAL: of relating to, or caused by heat

ENERGY: usable power

Therefore, GEOTHERMAL= EARTH HEAT and POWER

Throughout the year, the ground beneath your home where the pipes are laid maintains a consistent temperature. When you choose to install a geothermal energy system in your home pipes are laid below the surface that harnesses that consistent temperature to heat and cool your home.

In the winter, the ground beneath the surface is warmer than the air. Therefore, air that is being pumped through the pipes is warmed before entering your home. In the summer, the ground beneath the surface is cooler, and the opposite occurs. The same science can also be used to heat and cool water to be used in your home.

Efficient and effective, geothermal energy is truly just as amazing as it sounds. It burns no fossil fuels, lowers your risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, and also saves money.  On average, homes that use geothermal energy cut their utility bills by 80%.

Now geothermal energy doesn’t sound so scary, does it? If you are interested in learning more about installing a geothermal energy system, call Arctic Plumbing, HVAC and Electric today! Their friendly team of technicians will be happy to consult with you to find the energy solution that is best for your home.

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