Geothermal Heating and Cooling is often referred to as Geo-exchange, Geothermal, or Ground Source Heating and Cooling. They all mean the exact same thing, so don’t get confused by these names being interchanged.
Geothermal heating & cooling is not to be confused with a geothermal power plant. A geothermal power plant generates electricity using the core of the earth – we are not referring to this, ever. We are talking about using the crust of the earth to heat and cool a home or building; there is no lava or electricity generation involved.
Geothermal works because the ground beneath our feet is warmer than the outside air in the winter and cooler in the summer. Inserting a series of small pipes into the ground allows heat to be transferred to and from your home. In this process heat is not created, it is transported, therefore no fuel is burned.
Winter Operation: The underground pipes, called a ground loop, circulate water which absorbs the heat from the earth and returns it to the indoor heat pump. The heat pump extracts the heat from the liquid then distributes it throughout your home as warm air. With the heat removed, the water is re-circulated to collect more heat from the ground. In this case, the loop water is warmer when it comes into the home than when it goes back into the earth since the heat is being removed.
Summer Operation: The indoor heat pump takes the hot air from your home and removes the heat. This leaves behind cool air to be distributed through your vents as air-conditioning. The removed heat from the air is rejected into the earth through the ground loop. In this case, the water is warmer leaving the home then when it returns since heat is rejected into it. This is not a new technology, this is not a science experiment, this is not rocket science. In fact, in many European nations geothermal heating and cooling is the standard. In Sweden and Switzerland, more than 75% of new homes have geothermal. The EPA has acknowledged geothermal systems as the most energy efficient, environmentally clean, & cost-effective space conditioning systems available.
Experience matters!! Perhaps the most important aspect of deciding upon a geothermal system installation is selecting a Geothermal installer. First Geothermal Energy is owned and operated by Mike Roberts. Mike has over twenty five years experience in the HVAC industry. Approximately fifteen Years ago he decided the future was geothermal, he has dedicated his geothermal career to the design and installation of a proper geothermal heat pump system for his customers. This starts with a complete evaluation of the current or future home or building. This includes measurements of the home;level of insulation; window and door sizes and grade; home exposure direction ect. All of this is done to determine the structures heat loss and heat gain. Once this is accurately calculated, a properly sized system, including the tonnage required and the size and design of the loop system is created.
Mike is a factory trained technician in geothermal design and installation, using the latest software and analytical data.
Licenced with the State of Ohio in HVAC and Plumbing Licence # 14124
Certified in refrigerant usage.
Certified in fusion welding techniques for the loop piping