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The Benefits of a Geothermal Home

Geothermal Home

How Timothy Off Heating Can Help

Imagine a heating and cooling system that is environmentally friendly, not dependent on the sun or wind, and can easily heat and cool your entire home. While it may sound like something out of science fiction, geothermal heating and cooling has been around for quite some time. And now, it’s making a comeback. The Timothy Off team has experts who can equip you with this technology, but first, here are a number of benefits for a geothermal home:

How Geothermal Works

To better understand all the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling, it is helpful to best understand how the system works. If you have ever been in a cave, you know that the temperature is roughly the same year-round. Depending on your location, a hypothetical cave underneath your feet is somewhere between 45 and 75 degrees. Typically closer to 65, an ideal room temperature. Geothermal technology takes advantage of that to provide heating and cooling.

A traditional heating system uses electricity, gas, or other fuel to create radiated heat. Depending on the system, this heat is then discharged through radiators directly into the room or has forced air pushed over it, warming the temperature that way. A geothermal system follows from the second one, but instead of warming a coil to hundreds of degrees, it keeps a constant temperature. While a traditional radiator cycles on or off, a geothermal system is always on. This passively provides a closed loop, which results in less energy consumption for your home.

But what about cooling? It is useful to understand how an air conditioner works as a device that removes heat from a house. Have you ever noticed the air blowing out of an AC unit is warm? A geothermal system works the same way as above, but since it is drawing from room temperature air, the overall effect is cooling.

What are the Benefits of a Geothermal Home?

There are a number of advantages to having a geothermal home. For starters, a geothermal home will have a lower impact on the environment. Additionally, geothermal homes have lower energy costs, since they are using energy only to power a fan, rather than to heat or cool elements. The principle of warm liquids rising and cool liquids sinking helps to power the coils, but a pump is occasionally used to help accelerate the process.

Finally, geothermal homes require less maintenance than other systems. Because it is all one closed loop, there is a lower risk of something going wrong. This is compared to separate heating and air conditioning systems, which with twice the machinery brings twice the risk of a malfunction.

Ready to Install a Geothermal System?

Convinced that a geothermal system is right for your home? Our experts at Timothy Off can not only install a new geothermal system, but we also repair and replace existing ones. To learn more, reach out to us today!