Why Geothermal Heat Pumps Are a Great Green Option

A geothermal heat pump is an eco-friendly alternative to a standard air-based HVAC system. It uses the stable ground temperature to heat or cool your home instead of burning fuels to alter the more changeable temperature in the air. You can add a geothermal heat pump to an existing structure or build it with a new house. They are an eco-conscious way to maintain a comfortable temperature in your Charleston, South Carolina, home. Keep reading to find out why geothermal heat pumps are a great green option.

Reduced Emissions

Geothermal heat pumps heat and cool by pumping and compressing a conducting fluid usually made of water and antifreeze. It’s piped through the ground, where the natural temperature stays around 50 degrees year-round. Or it can be piped in from a nearby water source. By using the ground temperature, a geothermal heat system produces far fewer harmful emissions than a system that burns carbon-producing fuels.

Lower Energy Use

The electricity it takes to run a geothermal heat pump is only a fraction of the energy used to operate a traditional HVAC system. Harnessing the temperature of the earth contributes to an overall more efficient method of heating and cooling your house. By saving on electricity as well as reducing reliance on burning fuels, you benefit by cutting consumption and costly energy bills. As a result, you become a greener homeowner.

Fewer Replacement Parts

A geothermal heat pump system lasts longer than a standard HVAC system. It requires fewer repairs and replacements, saving time, money and resources for materials. A standard HVAC unit can last up to 15 years. The more passive heating method of the geothermal heat pump can last for around 20 years. The underground piping infrastructure can last much longer.

When thinking about upgrading an existing structure or building a new house, remember that in many situations geothermal heat pumps are an efficient and environmentally friendly solution to heating and cooling your home. Call us at Berkeley Heating and Air Conditioning today at 843-277-6030 to find out more or schedule an appointment.

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