Geothermal HVAC systems can be a great solution to add energy-efficient technology to your heating and cooling. If you are looking for the right renewable energy solutions, geothermal also gives you options for other types of energy designs. The following geothermal HVAC system information will help with the energy design for your heating and cooling:
The main component of a geothermal HVAC system is the heat exchanger. This is the geothermal heat pump that provides the thermal exchange that reduces the energy needs of air conditioners, furnaces, and other mechanical systems. Different types of geothermal heat pump designs can be installed in your home or business. These systems use ground, pond, or well loop systems, which circulate fluids for thermal exchange with the energy that is stored in the Earth.
Thermal Energy Storage
Another benefit of a geothermal system is the energy storage possibility. These systems can be used to store energy from solar collectors — which can then be used for heating in winter or for other mechanical systems. The geothermal loops can be used to store thermal energy that can be used when it is needed. There are also options for using thermal storage tanks like hot water heaters to store energy for your system.
Solar Energy Solutions (for HVAC)
The energy options for geothermal systems can include solar energy integrations. This can start with the collectors that can be used for heating or hot water. Modern collectors are solar thermal siphons that work efficiently in cold weather too. This can provide further energy savings for a geothermal system and provide hot water during the warmer months. The thermal storage solutions can also be used to store waste heat from the heat pump for other mechanical systems like water heaters.
Geothermal HVAC Equipment
Other options that you want to consider are related to the equipment that is installed with your geothermal system. This is the actual heat pump unit that is installed with your system. Since it uses ground-source energy, it can provide both heating and cooling. The heat pump can also recycle waste heat from cooling processes to a water heater, boiler, and thermal storage tanks. Even though geothermal heat pumps are much more efficient than conventional HVAC systems, you still want to look for the best energy ratings when installing a new system. This is something you will want to talk with your HVAC contractor about when planning your geothermal heat pump installation.
Geothermal solutions are great for reducing your energy costs. Contact an HVAC contractor to discuss these options for a new geothermal heating and cooling system.