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Do Geothermal Systems Help the Environment?

There are many excellent reasons to invest in a geothermal heat pump for your home. You’ll receive the standard benefit of a heat pump, which is heating and cooling power in one unit. You’ll save money with the system’s high energy-efficient performance. And the stability of the earth’s heat means you’ll never have to worry about your heat pump struggling in low temperatures as many air source heat pumps do.

Geothermal systems offer benefits that go beyond your home as well: they profit the environment. If you want to “go green” with your home, one of the best places to start is installing a geothermal heat pump.

To find out how to fit your home with a geothermal comfort system, contact our Raleigh, NC geothermal experts at Raleigh Heating & Air today.

How a Geothermal Heat Pump Helps the Environment

In a 1993 report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that using geothermal power presents a major opportunity to reduce national energy use and lower pollution, without lowering the comfort level and reliability homeowners expect from their comfort systems. (Indeed, geothermal systems are more reliable, as mentioned above.)

How does a geothermal heat pump achieve this reduction in energy use and pollution emission? Although, like standard heat pumps, geothermal systems must use electricity to run mechanical parts, they depend far less on electrical power and instead on the renewable thermal energy of the ground that comes from the earth’s core. Much like solar energy, the heat of the earth is always present for us to harness without using it up. (Should the earth’s core stop producing heat… we’ll have larger problems than keeping our homes comfortable.)

A geothermal heat pump can rely so heavily on the renewable power of the earth because of its incredible efficiency, which returns three to four times the energy put into it as cooling/heating power. This efficient operation also lowers the impact of the greenhouse gases found in refrigerant. The more geothermal systems at work in the world, the less carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxides will be pumped into our air.

Learn If a Geothermal Heat Pump Will Work for You

There is one major drawback with geothermal heat pumps: they will not work for every house. It depends on the property and the available space. Contact a geothermal specialist for an evaluation of your home and property to find out about the geothermal options open to you.

Raleigh Heating & Air has offered geothermal installation, maintenance, repairs, and other HVAC system services in Raleigh, NC for many years. If your home can benefit from installation of a geothermal heat pump, you can trust to our experienced team to handle all parts of the job so your system gives your home—and the environment—all the advantages of this green technology. Give us a call today and ask our HVAC specialists about geothermal systems.

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