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Types of Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

We have already told you the benefits of geothermal heat pumps, how geothermal heat pumps work, and the tax incentives associated with commercial geothermal heat pumps; now we are going to get into the five basic types of geothermal heat pumps. These include:

Horizontal (Closed-Loop Systems): Generally the most cost-effective option for residential use, horizontal geothermal heat pumps cut down on installation costs by utilizing a Slinky method of looping pipes in a shorter trench (5 feet deep and 2 feet wide).

Vertical (Closed-Loop Systems): Most often used for large commercial buildings and schools, vertical geothermal heat pumps are perfect for areas where the land required for horizontal loops would be prohibitive. Vertical GHPs minimize the disturbance of existing landscape. Instead of long trenches, vertical systems utilize deep holes (4 inches in diameter and 100-400 feet deep).

Pong/Lake (Closed-Loop Systems): If there is a body of water close by, this may be the most cost-effective option for you! A supply line pipe is run underground from the building to the water and coiled into circles at least eight feet under the surface of the water (this prevents freezing from becoming an issue).

Open-Loop System: An open-loop geothermal heat pump utilizes well or surface body water as the heat exchange fluid throughout the GHP system. Once the water fully circulates through the system, it returns to the ground through the well, a recharge well, or surface discharge.

Hybrid System: Hybrid geothermal heat pumps utilize several geothermal resources or a combination of geothermal sources and outdoor air. These types of systems are designed for areas where cooling needs are significantly larger than heating needs.

Each system is unique and each has its advantages and disadvantages. To find out more about which system is best for your home or business, contact a heating and cooling specialist, like Fresh Air Concepts.

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Types of Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

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