Five Things You Should Know About Geothermal Heat Pumps

If you've been thinking about the heating options for your property, you might be looking for something that's less traditional than the typical fuel-burning furnace system. Geothermal heat pumps are a great investment for things like this, but many homeowners dismiss them due to a lack of familiarity and some common misconceptions. Here are a few things you should know about geothermal heat pumps before you decide.

Geothermal heat pumps don't always require a lot of space. The only version of this heat pump system that needs a lot of space is the one that relies on horizontal loops installed under the ground level. If your home is on a small piece of property, you can opt for vertical-loop or aquifer installation instead, which minimizes the space required for the system.

Geothermal heat pumps aren't as noisy as traditional furnaces. In fact, heat pumps make very little noise, if any at all. There's no furnace or compressor system to run, so the noise is minimal. You likely won't even know that it's running at all, for the most part.

You can use a heat pump for both heat and cooling. Geothermal heat pumps are efficient at drawing heat out of the soil, but they're equally efficient at drawing the heat out of your house. That means you can use a system like this for both heating and cooling, which saves you from investing in a whole second system to cool your home.

You won't have to worry about water consumption. If you're familiar with the older styles of heat-pump systems, you may expect that a heat pump needs to be refilled when it discharges water after a cycle. The new models are typically closed systems that don't discharge the water anymore. Also, if you install your system in an aquifer on your property, that closed loop will draw water from the aquifer and then cycle it back in, so there's no loss.

The systems aren't as costly as you might think. While the initial investment in a geothermal heat-pump system is often larger than that of a traditional heating system, the efficiency of the system often leads to significant savings over the life of the unit. In addition, there are often incentive programs and tax breaks that you can take advantage of when you install a sustainable heat system like this.

Understanding these key facts about heat pumps will allow you to make a more educated determination about whether or not the system is right for your home. Talk with a heating contractor such as Salem Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc. today to see if this kind of heating system is a good fit for you.