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Geothermal Heating Options
Geothermal heating and cooling uses the earth’s natural ability to produce kinetic energy to heat and cool your home. An underground pump powers a cost-effective geothermal system that extracts earth-made heat to warm your home comfortably during winter. In summer, a geothermal system will efficiently remove warm air and return it to the ground under your home.
JC & JC HVAC Mechanical Contractors provides geothermal heating options, installation, and maintenance services to residents of Washington, DC, Howard County, MD, Montgomery County, MD, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more about how installing a green heating system in your home is the more affordable way to heat and cool your home.
Types of Geothermal Heating Systems
Closed Loop (Horizontal)
This geothermal heating option involves installing pipes horizontally between six and ten feet underground. Although this system is typically cheaper to install, it will require plenty of space in which to lay pipes under and around your Washington, DC, home.
Closed Loop (Vertical)
This system utilizes a polyethylene, U-shaped pipe to convey fluid capable of transferring heat. A mixture of methanol and water, the fluid continuously circulates via a loop that facilitates heat exchange through conduction. When the heat transfer liquid circulates back to the surface, it is then cooled or heated, depending on your needs.
Installation of an open loop system is seen more often in rural areas where groundwater is abundant. Geothermal pumps transfer groundwater from one well into another well to initiate a heat exchange. Rural residents of Howard County, MD, and Montgomery County, MD, may save up to 50% on choosing to have an open loop system installed over vertical loop systems. Call JC & JC HVAC today if you are interested in learning more about our geothermal heating services.
Geothermal Heating Services in Montgomery County MD
At JC & JC HVAC, we understand what a big decision it can be when deciding what kind of heating and cooling system you want installed to keep you and your family comfortable all year long. To help you make that decision, here are just a few of the many benefits you enjoy with a geothermal heating system:
● Significantly reduces your carbon footprint by using minimal amounts of electricity
● Eliminates the need for annual furnace cleaning associated with gas heating systems
● Easily replaces energy-hogging water heaters and air conditioners (our technicians can do that for you!)
● Provides even and efficient heating during the coldest days of winter
● Saves money on electricity bills by using heat that is already available (earth heat) instead of having to generate heat
Our HVAC technicians have in-depth training and knowledge that allows them to efficiently install, maintain and repair all types of geothermal heating systems. We also perform mechanical ductwork cleaning to keep your home’s air healthy and free of contaminants.
Geothermal Installation in Howard County, MD
Before installing a system, JC & JC HVAC technicians will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your property to determine which system best suits your needs and accommodations. We assess everything — from house windows and ceiling dimensions to insulation and property layout.
Next step is to begin the actual installation of the system. In most cases, it may take a week to complete the excavation and installation process of pipes. The heat pump operates in your basement, constantly circulating the water/methanol mixture through pipes to heat or cool your home.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
The U.S. Department of Energy states that heat pumps for producing geothermal energy are designated by a coefficient of performance ratio and an Energy Efficient Ratio (EER). The EER indicates how much heat is removed per hour divided by electrical watt usage required to run the pump. To ensure our system runs smoothly all year, we recommend scheduling preventative heater maintenance before summer and before winter.
Contact JC & JC HVAC Mechanical Contractors today for more information about geothermal heating systems!