What Is a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System?

As you may have guessed from the fact that geothermal systems are capable of both heating and cooling, they are reliant upon heat pump technology. Unlike air–source heat pumps, which use ambient heat in the air outside in order to heat a home, though, geothermal systems use heat stored in the ground below our feet. There are a ways in which this actually improves upon the operation of air–source heat pumps.

During our cold winters, it is possible for air–source heat pumps to struggle at times when tasked with heating a home. In some cases, homeowners choose to back up their heat pumps with supplemental heating systems. This is much less of a concern when heating a home with a geothermal heat pump. Heat is pulled from beneath the ground, after all, where temperatures tend to be much more constant than that of the air.

How Does a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Work?

The installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system is rather complex, due in large part to the fact that a geothermal loop must be installed in the ground on your property. This loop system circulates an antifreeze solution through the ground. During the summer, heat removed from the air in your home will be sunk into the ground via this loop. In the winter, heat is absorbed by the solution in the loop, is transferred to the refrigerant in the heat pump, where it is compressed, and the resulting heat is used to heat the house. It is simple in theory, but the installation of the necessary equipment requires considerable skill and expertise.

Like other heat pumps and forced air distribution based systems, your geothermal heat pump uses air ducts to distribute heated and cooled air throughout your home. Hiring an experienced professional is the only way to know that this system of ductwork is well–designed and properly installed. Take advantage of the outstanding geothermal services in Barrie offered by the professional technicians at Custom Comfort ClimateCare. We'll help you to keep comfortable throughout the year in an efficient and reliable manner.