Geothermal heating is the direct use of geothermal power, or heat derived from the earth itself in heating applications. It is a combination of two words, “Geo”, meaning earth, and “Thermal”, meaning heat, hence the term. There are at present seventy countries that leads in the use of this kind of heating. The United States is one of them.
Geothermal heating has become the wave of the future-and present in modern-day heating. The method used in this unique type of heating is that in certain “hot spots” of the earth, water or steam is extracted from these areas which is then placed or piped directly into heaters or heat exchangers as well as air conditioners.
More and more persons are beginning to realize the practical and beneficial value of geothermal heating and air conditioning; it is quickly becoming the common heating source in many home today. Therefore, geothermal installation is very rapidly becoming part of the human vocabulary, since more people are have this kind of installation done in their homes. Geothermal installation is done by installing a geothermal unit system and pipe that extends into the system and into the home.
It’s relatively easy to install a geothermal heating/air cooling system-when you know how. Those last few words are important, “when you know how”. Since geothermal installation is a new concept in heating for most people, it’s generally not recommended that you try not to install it yourself. It may be much better-and more economical to get a licensed professional to set it up for you. Besides, unless you positively know what you are doing, trenching and thermal fusion of a geothermal pipe can be very arduous and very, very difficult. Wouldn’t it be much better to get a licensed contractor?
There are basically two types of geothermal installations: Horizontal and vertical. There are advantages as well as disadvantages of both the horizontal and vertical installations. Horizontal installations, while being more easier and less costly, it requires longer lengths of pipe because of changes in seasonal temperature and soil temperatures.
Vertical installations can be more difficult because it requires a lot of drilling of hard ground and more expensive. However, because a heat exchanger is generally buried deeper in the ground than with a horizontal system, it may be better to have your geothermal heater/air conditioner installed vertically nonetheless. Besides, with a vertical installation, you can get make it with less total pipe than if it was installed horizontally. You may want to ask your GSHP (Ground Source Heat Pump) installer for professional advice as to which is the best way to install your Geothermal heater.
But what if the pipe isn’t installed correctly? How do I know if it is or isn’t? Ask your GSHP installer. It’s their job to know; after all, they’re professionals, aren’t they? Ask for your credentials. Ask about their training, what school(s) for the profession did they attend and so forth. It’s your right to know.
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