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Geothermal Services: What Geothermal Maintenance Consists Of

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Geothermal heating and cooling systems have been around for a long time, but they have really gained traction in recent years as the technology has improved and more people understand the operation of these systems. Like any other heating and cooling system, they require routine maintenance to continue to operate efficiently. Contact Raleigh Heating & Air when you require any Apex, NC geothermal services. Here is some information to help you better understand your system’s maintenance needs.

While the initial investment in a geothermal heating and cooling installation is considerable, such systems are very highly regarded for the minimal amount of maintenance that they require. The geothermal loop system that is buried beneath the ground on your property or underwater will last for years, and the fan, condenser, compressor and other necessary components can be installed away from inclement weather conditions. The main concern regarding geothermal maintenance is actually to ensure that the installation is done properly the first time around.

If your geothermal installation is not completed properly, your system will not operate correctly. This will require frequent maintenance and service calls, or even a costly reinstallation. When all of the equipment is installed correctly, though, a geothermal system will not require any more maintenance than a traditional heating and cooling system. Any moving parts will need to be lubricated, and of course any electrical contacts and components will need to be inspected and maintained for proper maintenance. Ensuring that the system controls and your thermostat are well positioned and properly calibrated is also important to get the best performance possible from your geothermal heating and cooling system.

When all is said and done, geothermal heating and cooling systems actually have fewer components to experience problems with than many other systems. While this is no excuse for neglecting routine maintenance service, it is good news for those homeowners under the false impression that the design of such systems necessitates more maintenance. As long as your system is well thought out, planned and professionally installed, you should enjoy years of quality service from your geothermal system with minimal maintenance needs.

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Geothermal Guide: Common Repairs

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Do you have a geothermal system? Are you considering one but want to know what some of the more common repairs are? A geothermal system uses the moderate ground temperature to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The basic setup is similar to an air source heat pump, but it is connected to what’s known as an “earth loop.” In this post, we’d like to review a few common repairs that you may wish to keep an eye out for.

  • Leak: When professionally installed, the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping that makes up your underground “earth loop” should not be problematic. But there are other leaks to consider. Air leaks in the ductwork of your geothermal system can radically cut down on energy efficiency and cooling performance. Moreover, the connections between the loop and the heat pump components may be exposed and subject to wear and tear that can lead to leaks.
  • Dirt: Your geothermal system should work well for years, but like any other heating and cooling system, it may accumulate dirt, dust, and other debris during the course of its lifespan. Any such accumulation on sensitive mechanical or electrical components can become problematic, so it’s best to keep your geothermal system as clean as possible.
  • Electrical problem: While geothermal systems are widely known for their high energy efficiency, your heat pump does require electricity to operate. If your system won’t turn on and turns on and off intermittently, then you may have an electrical problem. First, make sure that you haven’t blown a fuse or tripped the circuit breaker. If resetting the supply doesn’t work, then there may be a damaged wire somewhere that you need a professional to fix.

While repairs are sometimes inevitable, with professional installation and minimal routine maintenance, a geothermal system is a bit sturdier than other types of heating and cooling systems.

For more information about Raleigh, NC geothermal repair, call Raleigh Heating & Air 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.

Goethermal Piping Options | Raleigh Heating & Air

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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Increase Energy Efficiency with Custom Ductwork

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Your home is unique in its style and construction. Why should your ductwork by any different? If you depend on an air duct system to distribute heated and cooled air throughout your home you may want to consider the installation of custom ductwork. This allows you to heat and cool your home more effectively, and that effectiveness will translate into increased energy efficiency. The more efficiently you can heat and cool your Raleigh area home the less money it will cost you to do so. For more information about the benefits of custom ductwork or to schedule service call Raleigh Heating & Air. You can depend on our full, in-house sheet metal fabrication shop for truly exceptional custom ductwork.

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One benefit of allowing Raleigh Heating & Air to provide your custom ductwork is the option for antimicrobial duct work. In recent years more and more attention has been paid to indoor air quality and its effects on our comfort and health. While UVGI devices offer a convenient way to kill biological pollutants in your air ducts, we believe that going straight to the source is the best way to handle this particular problem. Antimicrobial ductwork does just that. Damp ductwork is a breeding ground for mold, and once mold develops in your ductwork it can spread quickly. An antimicrobial coating on your ductwork helps suppress the microbes when it comes into contact with moisture.

Whatever your custom ductwork needs, the experts in our sheet metal fabrication shop can help. We offer great lined or unlined HVAC ductwork and fittings, as well as customized plenums and drain pans. Don’t make your home heating and cooling system rely on parts that just aren’t the right fit. Contact us today with any custom ductwork projects you need completed by highly skilled professionals.

For more information about antimicrobial or custom ductwork call Raleigh Heating & Air. We have the training, skills and experience necessary to provide you with the exceptional custom ductwork you need to make your home a more efficient place. Start saving energy and money today with custom ductwork in the Raleigh area.

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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.

 Goethermal System Installation | Raleigh Heating & Air

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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