Friday, January 3, 2014

Farm House Friday: Geothermal

Building a house is not just about pretty things on the inside.  We must also think about function and one big function of a home is heating and cooling.   The goal of heating and cooling a home is to stay comfortable during the dreadfully hot months and during the frigid cold months all the while not blowing the electrical bill through the roof.  Initially our plan was a conventional HVAC unit, which pushes air through ducts and return vents.  However, geothermal systems are more efficient, easy on the environment and economical on the pocket book.

In essence, a geothermal system uses the earth as a heat reservoir, pumping heat to and from the ground.  In the winter heat is pumped from the ground to warm the home and in the summer heat is pumped to the ground to cool the home.

Vertical Loop System: Well drilling equipment is used to bore small-diameter holes from 100 to 400 feet deep.  

System Diagram
We will have a system similar to this one in our back yard.  This is probably one of the things I am looking forward to the most, especially seeing how we will save money on our heating and cooling bill.

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Happy Friday!


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