Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Geothermal’ Category

The Different Kinds of Loops in Geothermal Systems

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

One of our areas of expertise when it comes to providing heating and cooling for homes is geothermal heat pumps. This is a service that you won’t find with many HVAC companies, which is why we’re so proud to offer it to homeowners in the area.

We receive plenty of questions about geothermal heat pumps because people are curious to know if it’s really possible to outfit their home with one. We’re always glad to help out, especially if it means another house gets to enjoy the immense benefits that geothermal power has to offer.

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Can a Geothermal System Have Zone Controls?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Zone control systems allow a homeowner to manipulate the comfort in different rooms (or “zones”) so that the AC or heater doesn’t have to provide conditioned air for the whole house each time it comes on. The way that zone control works is through a series of dampers placed within the ductwork which can seal off air flow to a section of the ducts leading to a particular vent. Local thermostats control each of the dampers, and the thermostats all connect through a central control panel. The homeowner can manipulate all of the zones with the central controls, while other people can adjust the temperature in whatever room they’re in to suit them.

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Yes, You Need to Schedule Fall Maintenance for Your Geothermal System

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Regular fall maintenance is a key part of preparing a heating system to take on the winter weather. A furnace will start to wear down and perform inefficiently if it misses its regular inspection and tune-up each fall. But homeowners who use a geothermal heat pump (a.k.a. a “ground-source” heat pump) to provide their home with comfort during the winter sometimes think that their system doesn’t need maintenance as often as a furnace does.

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3 Things You Didn’t Know about Geothermal

Monday, September 21st, 2015

One of the services we offer at Raleigh Heating & Air, Inc. that we want more people to know about is installing and caring for geothermal heating and cooling systems. But we don’t just want homeowners in the area to know that we provide installation, repair, and maintenance for geothermal systems. We want them to know why geothermal is an excellent choice for them, and that it isn’t necessarily out of reach.

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Can Geothermal Systems Start Leaking?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Although geothermal heating and cooling systems are among the most effective, dependable, and energy-efficient ways to provide comfort for a home, many people feel a bit reluctant about choosing to have one installed. One reason is that they worry about problems developing in the underground loops that are responsible for the heat exchange with the stable temperature of the earth. If those loops should start to leak, it would probably mean expensive repairs to reach the damaged loops and seal them.

Let’s take a closer look at the reality of leaking in a geothermal system.

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Why a Geothermal System Works Great in Wake Forest

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Have you heard of geothermal? If so, what have you heard exactly? You may be wondering whether this system is right for our climate considering the weather during the summer and winter, and perhaps also whether this type of system will live up to its hype. There is plenty of information out there, but there’s no substitution for speaking with a trained and experienced professional. We have several on our team and we can make sure that you get the answers you deserve. Let’s take a look at why a geothermal system makes for an excellent choice.

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If You Like Saving Money, You’ll Love Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Monday, July 6th, 2015

At Raleigh Heating & Air, Inc., we specialize in geothermal heat pumps for homes. Many homeowners are a bit hesitant about making the step to geothermal energy, and one of the reasons is they are unsure about whether such an installation will actually save them money. We’d like to answer some of the questions about this that potential geothermal customers ask.

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Why Is Geothermal Energy a Renewable Resource?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Installing a geothermal heat pump for your home in Wake Forest, NC or any of the surrounding areas is an excellent way not only to conserve energy and reduce your heating and cooling bills, it is also a superb way to help the environment by using renewable energy resource. But what does this actually mean, and how is it beneficial for the planet?

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Some Interesting Facts about Geothermal Energy

Monday, April 27th, 2015

The two most basic sources of power on the planet earth are right above our heads (solar power) and right below our feet (geothermal power). Unfortunately, we don’t make as much use of these renewable and clean sources of energy as we could… but that is all changing.

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Does My Geothermal Heat Pump Need Annual Maintenance?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

If you have a geothermal heat pump (a.k.a. a ground-source heat pump) keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter, then you already have one of the best comfort systems available at work for you. Geothermal heat pumps are energy-efficient, dependable, beneficial for the environment, and have lifespans that leave standard heat pumps, air conditioners, and furnaces far behind.

However, don’t let the long service life of a geothermal heating and cooling system trick you into thinking that you don’t need to take care of it with regular maintenance. Just as with a standard heat pump or other comfort system, your geothermal heat pump must receive an maintenance inspection from trained professionals twice a year, once in spring and then again in the fall.

If you are looking for a geothermal specialist in Wake Forest, NC or elsewhere in Wake County, give Raleigh Heating & Air a call today.

The importance of regular geothermal heat pump maintenance

Here is something that is important to keep in mind with a geothermal heat pump: even though it uses ground loops to release and absorb heat, the components inside the house are very similar to those of an air source heat pump. This means it needs the same type of regular care that standard heat pumps need. During a maintenance visit, the technician checks over the components of the indoor unit of the system to see that the coils and motors are clean, all mechanical parts lubricated, the air filter unclogged, the condensate drain clear, and the electrical connections are tightened.

There are a few special checks a maintenance technician must do for a geothermal system, such as looking over the manifold and the heat exchanger where the antifreeze in the loops transfers heat to or from the indoor refrigerant. If you have an open loop configuration, the technicians may occasionally give the loops an acid flush to remove deposits that can build up in them.

This routine maintenance serves the same purpose for a geothermal heat pump as it does for any comfort system: prolong its service life, protect its efficiency, catch malfunctions, and prevent future repair issue.

A geothermal system is a major investment, and you want yours to last as long as possible so that you reap the greatest benefit from its energy-efficient performance. Raleigh Heating & Air is here to help you with the regular maintenance that will see that your geothermal heat pump lasts for decades.

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