Questions Frequently Asked About Geothermal Heating
Geothermal heating, also known as ground source heating, is a way of heating and cooling your home that’s sustainable and reliable. It’s also much less expensive to operate a geothermal heat pump than traditional furnaces and air conditioners.
What Is Geothermal Heating?
While outdoor temperatures go up and down throughout the year, the temperature constantly stays around 55 degrees 10 feet below the ground. Geothermal heating takes advantage of this through a series of buried pipes. Inside each pipe, there are refrigerant lines. The refrigerant draws heat out of the ground during the winter to warm your home. In the summer, heat is dispersed by the refrigerant underground to cool your home.
1st Choice Service Group Heating & Air installs geothermal heating systems in the greater Asheville, NC, area. We’re known for our skilled, NATE-certified technicians and quality workmanship.
What Are the Pros of Geothermal Heating?
Geothermal heating systems use very little power to operate, so they’re the least expensive way to heat and cool your home. They’re also environmentally friendly and don’t have a big, ugly unit. They’re also completely safe as they don’t use gas, which produces carbon monoxide.
What Are the Cons?
Geothermal heating systems are expensive to install. Your yard will be a mess as a large area needs to be excavated when they’re installed. They also take a long time to install, as there are three lengthy steps to the process.
How Much Land Do You Need?
The amount of land needed for a geothermal heating system depends on being installed vertically or horizontally. Vertical systems don’t take much space as the pipes are buried up to 500 feet deep. Horizontal systems need between 1200 and 1800 feet of space for an average-sized home.
In addition to geothermal heating systems, the team at 1st Choice Service Group Heating & Air also repairs, installs, and tunes up furnaces and air conditioners. We also offer thermostats, solar, new construction, and indoor air quality products and services. To find out how we can help you, please call our office today.