Geothermal Heat Pumps

A geothermal heat pump can be used in more than one way. It is an underground pump that pumps heat either to, or from the ground. It can also be used as a cooling system. It works in two ways, in the winter, it uses the earth as a source of heat, and in the summer, it uses a heat sink to source the heat. Using a Geothermal Heat Pump is very environmentally friendly, and can also be used with a solar heating system to get maximum results. It is environmentally friendly because it uses the temperature in the ground.

A geothermal heat pump has the ability to move heat from a relatively cool space and transfer it to a warm space, going against the natural flow, or they can also use the natural flow. The great thing about Geothermal Heat Pumps is that they are a massive amount more efficient way to heat the home than other heating methods, such as ones that use electricity.

As the name suggests, the heat pump itself uses natural heat from the ground. The temperature of the earth provides more temperature stability throughout the whole year. In the summer, a Geothermal Heat Pump will remove the heat and pump it back into the ground to keep your home cool, and in the winter, the heat is extracted from the ground for warmth. However, only some Geothermal Heat Pump systems are only designed to provide one function, either heating or cooling, but this obviously depends on where you live.

The idea of the geothermal heat pump was put forward by Lord Kelvin way back in 1853. Two years later in 1855, the idea was developed by Peter Ritter von Rittinger. A geothermal heat pump heats a building in the Winter by taking heat from a source underground, and moving it to the building itself. Of course, if the source in which the heat is being taken is warmer, the end result will be better.

The source from where the heat is taken is usually not deep underground. When the summer comes around, a Geothermal Heat Pump will work in the opposite way. The heat from a building will be removed and transferred back into the ground. There are many different kinds of geothermal heat pumps. The many kinds will differ not only in style, but also in design and function. Obviously it will depend on what climate you live in, what you are looking for, a cooler or a heater, and what sort of design you want.

Once you have a geothermal heat pump system installed, you also have the option to use Seasonal Thermal Storage. This means that if you are noticing that the building is not warm enough during the winter months, you can retrieve the heat that was pumped out of the building during the summer months for cooling, and use it to heat the building. Obviously this is a very efficient way of heating your home. If this method is combined with a Solar Heating System, it can maximize the results.

So, if you are looking for an environmentally friendly way of heating your home, a geothermal heat pump system may be something to consider. Not only can it heat your home in the winter by extracting heat that is under the ground, but it can also remove any excess heat from your home in the summer months to provide a cooler temperature. You will be saving money and helping to keep the environment healthy. The set up cost of a geothermal heat pump will probably be expensive, but one it is up and going the overall cost that you will save is certainly worth the initial set up cost.

This Geothermal Heat Pumps Review is Written/Updated on Nov 24th, 2010 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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