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Geothermal Guide: The Installation Process

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Geothermal systems are one of the most efficient heating and cooling options available to homeowners. However, the installation process for geothermal systems is very involved and should always be done by a professional. The Wake Forest, NC geothermal installation experts at Raleigh Heating & Air offer complete services for many different brands of geothermal systems. We wanted to provide a quick description of what the installation process is actually like.

The installation process for geothermal systems is much more involved than a traditional AC system. Geothermal air conditioning and heating systems require that a long series of coils be installed on your property. These coils can be buried in the ground or installed in a body of water like a lake, pond or stream. The first step of the installation process is to determine if your property meets the necessary requirements for a geothermal system.

If your home does indeed have the space for a ground-source geothermal system or if you have consistent access to a body of water, the installation process can move forward. Our geothermal experts will work with you to find the right-sized heat pump, the equipment that will actually be installed in your home.  Our specialists will work with you to design a system for your home that matches your heating and cooling needs as well as your budget.

After those 2 critical steps, the geothermal professionals at Raleigh Heating & Air can begin the actual installation process. Our technicians are highly trained and will be able to get your new system installed so that it will work well and last for as long as possible. If you are interested in installing a geothermal system in your Wake Forest, NC home, give Raleigh Heating & Air a call today!

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Types of Geothermal Piping

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

With a geothermal heating and cooling system you can heat and cool your Raleigh home with greater efficiency than ever before. Whether you want to reduce your energy costs or are looking for a more environmentally friendly way to keep your home comfortable, a geothermal heating and cooling system may be the answer. By utilizing a heat pump, geothermal systems are able to transfer existing heat into or out of your home using just a small amount of electricity. Do this, though, a geothermal loop system must be installed. The type of loop system used in your home will depend on a number of factors. Call Raleigh Heating & Air for more information about the different types of geothermal loop systems.

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The most popular and common type of geothermal loop systems is a horizontal closed loop system. Trenches are dug on your property and a system of pipes is buried in the trenches. These pipes circulate and antifreeze solution throughout the system, allowing it to absorb the heat necessary to keep your home comfortable. Not all homes and properties can accommodate this type of system, though. If you do not have the necessary amount of space for a horizontal installation, a vertical installation may be your best option.

A vertical installation requires geothermal drilling, which makes it a little more expensive. Pipes are buried vertically into the deep holes that are drilled. This requires much less space than a horizontal loop system, though, and is particularly popular in commercial settings. Our professional team will help determine if a vertical installation is necessary on your property.

If there is an adequate water supply on your property an open loop system may be installed. In this type of system water itself is used as the heat transfer fluid. Once it has done its job it simply empties back into the water source. This is a very affordable loop system option, but your water supply must meet a variety of requirements.

For more information about geothermal loop systems in Raleigh call Raleigh Heating & Air. We’ll make sure that your geothermal heating and cooling system installation is a success. Contact us today with any questions you may have.

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How is a Geothermal System Installed?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Are you looking for a highly efficient, more environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home for year round comfort? If so, contact the heating and air conditioning experts at Raleigh Heating & Air. We have all the information you need to decide if a geothermal heating and cooling system is the right choice for your home. A geothermal installation is a pretty big job and one that must be completed by extensively trained, skilled professionals. If you decide to schedule a geothermal installation on your property, give us a call. We’ll make sure that the service is completed properly for maximum efficiency and performance levels.

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A geothermal heating and cooling system uses a heat pump to transfer ambient energy into your home. Because a fuel is not consumed except a bit of electricity during the heat transfer process, geothermal heat pumps are very efficient. They are also very reliable, as the temperature beneath the ground is fairly constant. In order to draw the heat from the ground a geothermal loop system must be installed. Trenches must be dug on your property, and the loop system is buried within these trenches. The loop system circulates an antifreeze solution around, and this solution absorbs heat from the ground.

A lot of different factors must be considered prior to your geothermal installation. The quality of the soil on your property, geological factors and the amount of space available will all determine what type of loop system is used on your property. In order to ensure proper operation of your geothermal heating and cooling system, as well as to make sure all local codes and regulations are met, you must work with a qualified geothermal installation company. Contact Raleigh Heating & Air to handle your geothermal installation with the expertise, skill and exceptional customer service we are known for.

Stop paying high heating and cooling costs to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. A geothermal heating and cooling system, paired with a great installation, can help you heat and cool your home more efficiently. Call Raleigh Heating & Air today to schedule dependable geothermal installation in Raleigh.

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Geothermal Question: How Does Geothermal Work?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Geothermal literally means “earth heat.” It is a home heating system that draws on the  consistent temperature of the ground beneath the surface. Recent developments in HVAC technology have brought this eco-friendly and renewable energy source into the home as a viable alternative to fuel-based systems. Most geothermal heat pump systems are highly-efficient, Energy-Star rated, and qualify for Federal Tax Credit. There are several stages in assessing and planning for the installation and operation of a geothermal system, but the first step is understanding how geothermal works and what makes it different from other systems. For more detailed information and to see if geothermal is right for heating your home, please call Raleigh Heating & Air, serving Raleigh and the surrounding areas.

The key to geothermal energy Is the fact that 5-10 feet under the ground, the earth remains at around a constant 55 degrees.  Underground piping, known as the “loop system” is installed, and water or a water refrigerant mixture is circulated through these pipes, absorbing heat. The heat pump then transfers the heat to the air which is circulated by the ducts in your home. During the summer, the refrigerant absorbs the heat in your home and it is dispersed in the ground loops, keeping your home cool and comfortable.

Geothermal energy is a highly-efficient “green” alternative to conventional fuel sources. While many will be attracted to the eco-friendly aspect of geothermal systems, others may be more pleased to eliminate fuel costs.  The geothermal system is also versatile: in most cases, it can also be configured to heat your hot water. If you’d like to hear more about geothermal energy and how it make your home more energy-efficient, please contact a Raleigh Heating & Air geothermal heating expert today.

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Geothermal Guide: Benefits of Geothermal Systems

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Are you considering a new geothermal heating system for your home? Call the Raleigh geothermal experts at Raleigh Heating & Air to help you compare the different heating options available to you. Here are a few things to consider if you are interested in a new geothermal system.

Unlike an air source heat pump, which pulls in outside air to heat or cool your home, a geothermal system uses the constant temperatures below the ground for year-round home comfort. In certain climates, you need a backup furnace for air source heat pumps, but not with a geothermal heat pump system. That’s partly why geothermal systems are a cost-effective way to heat and cool your home.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of a geothermal system may is how efficiently they keep your home warm or cool, depending on the time of year. There is very little electricity used to run geothermal heat pump, since most of the heating or cooling energy is taken from the ground.

Depending on the size of your property and soil conditions around your home, you will have a few options in terms of installation. You may or may not need drilling services. For homes that don’t have enough space around the home to install horizontal loops, you can install vertical loop fields, which will need to be placed in holes that are drilled vertically next to the home. Horizontal loop fields can be installed in trenches dug by a backhoe. Both types of loop fields are equally effective, but vertical loops require an additional step.

Call the Raleigh geothermal specialists at Raleigh Heating & Air for all your geothermal installation needs.

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