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An energy-efficient geothermal heating system may be closer than you think. With a geothermal system from Mayer's Well Drilling, your own lawn becomes the power source for your home. Approach us to get geothermal systems installed and serviced by our professionals.
Studies show that approximately 70% of the energy used in geothermal systems is renewable energy from the ground. The remainder is clean electrical energy which is used to concentrate heat and transport it from one location to another. In winter, the ground absorbs solar energy and provides a barrier to cold air. In summer, the ground heats up more slowly than the outside air.
As a result, owners of geothermal systems typically enjoy utility bills that are 25-70% lower than with conventional systems. In addition, there are lower maintenance costs.
Q: What is a geothermal heat pump?
A: A Geothermal Heat Pump is an electrically powered heating air conditioning system that uses the natural heat storage ability of the earth. In most areas the ground temperature 6 feet down stays a constant 68 to 72 degrees.
Q: How does it work?
A: Like any type of heat pump, it simply moves heat energy from one place to another. Your refrigerator works using the same principle. By using the refrigeration process, a Geothermal Heat Pump removes the heat from the home and transferred to the ground.
Q: How is heat transferred between the earth and the home?
A: The earth has the ability to absorb and store heat energy. To use that stored energy, that constant 68 to 72 degrees temperature is extracted from the earth through a liquid medium (water) and is pumped to the heat pump or heat exchanger. In the winter, the heat is used to heat your home. In summer, the process is reversed and indoor heat is extracted from your home and transferred to the earth throughout the water.
Q: You mentioned heating and cooling. Does it do both?
A: One of the things that make a heat pump so versatile is its ability to be a heating and cooling system in one. You can change from one mode to another, just like you do on a conventional heating and air conditioning system via a thermostat.
Q: What types of loops are available?
A: There are 2 main types of loops: open and closed. The closed loop is the most common. The same water is circulated throughout the entire system. An open loop is used when a water table is high. It is also known as pump and dump.
Q: Where can the loop be located?
A: That depends on land availability and terrain. Most closed-loops are drilled vertically about 150 ft. per ton.
Q: How many pipes are in a hole?
A: Actually, two. Polyethylene pipe in the 3/4 inch to 1 1/4 inch depending on location. Then the hole is almost filled with a type of grout called bentonite. This acts like a radiator in the ground for heat extraction and rejection.
Q: How efficient is a geothermal heat pump?
A: Geothermal heat pumps are more than 3 times as efficient as the most efficient gas furnace, and more than 2 1/2 times more efficient than a 12 SEER air conditioner.
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Our geothermal experts are fully licensed and insured.
Owners of geothermal systems may also experience the following benefits:
The National Association of Realtors Appraisal Journal estimates that a home's value increases by $10-25 for every $1 reduction in the annual utility bill
A higher year-round comfort level than with conventional systems
Peace of mind of knowing they're being environmentally responsible
Lower greenhouse gas emissions than a conventional furnace
Elimination of a potential source of poisonous carbon monoxide
Little to no maintenance costs (no costly boiler repairs or cleaning)
While each house is unique, the usual cost of a geothermal well system can range from about $9,000 to $13,000, depending on your home's requirements.
In a recent customer survey, we found that homeowners saved 30-50% on their heating and cooling bills after installing geothermal systems. A home's value increases by $10-25 for every $1 reduction in the annual utility bill, according to the National Association of Realtors Appraisal Journal