Geothermal Heating & Cooling FAQ’s

Did you know the answer to heating and cooling your home could be underneath your feet? In Michigan, the underground temperature hovers around 50 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

Ground source heat pumps are able to move heat energy from deep within the earth into your home (or vice versa) so you can stay comfortable year-round. Water source heat pumps work by transferring heat from your home to a nearby pond or lake.

Heat pumps improve the energy efficiency of your home and save you money on utility bills. To help you better understand the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling, the HVAC technicians at Superior Home Comfort recommend checking out our list of frequently asked questions and contacting our heating and cooling company.

How does geothermal heating and cooling work?

A geothermal heat pump works by moving heat energy from one place to another. A geothermal heating system removes heat energy stored underground or from a nearby body of water before transferring it to your home.

In the summer, this process reverses so that the heat in your home is exchanged with cool underground temperatures. There are many different types of geothermal heat pump systems, such as ground, water, and air source heat pumps.

How is heat transferred from the ground or water into my home?

An antifreeze solution is pushed through a series of tubes buried underground or submerged in water. The antifreeze solution carries geothermal heat energy to a heat exchanger where it’s exchanged with cold indoor temperatures.

This process is reversed during the summer months when heat energy is taken from your home and transferred with the cooler underground temperatures. Depending on the season, the heat pump system will either heat or cool your home so it stays at a comfortable temperature year-round.

Do I need separate geothermal ground loops for heating and cooling?

No. A closed loop geothermal heat pump system is capable of both heating and cooling. When shifting from heating to cooling, and vice versa, the flow of heat is simply reversed by a mechanism inside the geothermal system.

Where will the geothermal loop be installed?

Where we install the geothermal loop depends on land surrounding your house. If your property is big enough, we may be able to install closed loop systems horizontally adjacent to your home. For small properties, we are able to install a vertical geothermal loop system.

If you are lucky enough to own a pond or lake, we can install the tubes needed for a geothermal system at least eight feet under the surface to prevent freezing. Water source heat pumps are one of the more affordable ways for homeowners to harness geothermal power.

How will geothermal heating and cooling help me save money?

Geothermal heat pumps are energy efficient, which means you’ll be able to save money in the long run on utility bills. Keep in mind that geothermal heat pumps typically cost more to install than other types of home heating systems. However, many of the homeowners we work with feel that being able to harness geothermal power is well worth the investment.

The Grand Ledge HVAC technicians at Superior Home Comfort strive to help customers maintain comfortable homes year-round by offering a range of heating and cooling services. If you believe your home would benefit from geothermal cooling or heating, call our office at (517) 925-1343.