Geothermal, or ground-source heat pumps, are low-emissions heating and cooling systems. They can be very efficient, which makes them a better alternative to conventional air conditioning systems in many Brunswick, GA, homes today. However, there are some myths about geothermal HVAC systems, and here are four of the most popular.
1. They Require a Large Space
The first myth regarding geothermal systems is that they take up significantly more space than commercial HVAC systems. The truth is that your property’s terrain is unique, and depending on the soil, the geothermal HVAC system can be so deeply buried in the ground that it requires very little space above ground. It is simply a case of having an HVAC specialist inspect your home and system to determine which choice is best for you.
2. Geothermal Systems Wear Out Quickly
There is a widespread belief that geothermal systems fail quickly. Of course, these systems wear out with time, but they have a long service life. Ground loops, for example, can endure for many decades.
Heat exchangers are typically protected indoors and can also last for decades. Replacing them is significantly less expensive than building a whole new geothermal system. This is because installing a loop is the costliest.
Previously, small-sized systems either overheated or cooled the ground to the point where there was no longer enough temperature differential for the system to work properly over time. New technical principles, however, have overcome the problem of subsurface heat storage, allowing indefinite heat sharing.
3. They Are Noisy
Another popular myth is that geothermal heat pumps are incredibly loud. The systems, in reality, are exceptionally quiet. Furthermore, there is no visible equipment outside to annoy your neighbors or detract from the aesthetics of your yard.
4. Geothermal Systems Use a Lot of Water
Geothermal systems do not require water since they utilize aquifers or refrigerant to exchange heat with the ground. In the past, certain “pump and dump” systems wasted water after it flowed through the heat exchanger, but they are now uncommon. On a commercial level, this can save massive amounts of water.
A geothermal HVAC system is unquestionably one of the most eco-friendly heating and cooling options. Contact The A/C Guys for all of your geothermal service and installation needs.
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