Calif. passes geothermal heat pump bill

Calif. passes geothermal heat pump bill

As I'm sure many Americans would concur, Californians are generally thought of as being eco-friendly. That being said, you'd think geothermal heating and cooling would be very popular with homeowners, right? Well, that is not quite the reality.

All about geothermal loops

All about geothermal loops

The heart of a geothermal system is the in-ground loop field. The loop field is a system of underground polyethylene pipes that are a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer.

The impact geothermal has on the environment

The impact geothermal has on the environment

Did you know that you are standing on one of the most environmentally friendly resources for home heating and cooling? It's true! The earth acts like a solar collector by storing heat in the ground. This heat can then be harnessed and used to heat and cool virtually any home or building. The U.S.

The geothermal payback period

The geothermal payback period

Find out how to save money on heating and cooling costs by installing a geothermal system. Watch as Teena Hammond, editorial director and associate publisher of ProudGreenHome, interviews Shawn Melton, Enertech Global vice president of sales.

Items to consider when contemplating a geothermal system

Items to consider when contemplating a geothermal system

We know that the installation of a geothermal system requires more money up front than a traditional heating/cooling system. However, this is offset by the significant difference in long term operating costs.

Choose your geothermal contractor wisely

Choose your geothermal contractor wisely

As geothermal heating and cooling systems have gained in popularity, so have the number of contractors. And with so many "experienced", "green", "experts" to choose from; it's no wonder many people don't know how to recognize the qualities of a superior contractor — or the warning signs that can lead to regret.

What is a closed-loop system and where can it be located?

What is a closed-loop system and where can it be located?

The closed-loop is the outdoor portion of a geothermal heat pump system. Basically, it is a continuous closed circuit made of polyethylene pipe.

Does the underground pipe system really work in geothermal?

Does the underground pipe system really work in geothermal?

For some people just getting interested in geothermal, how well it can condition a home can almost seem like a miracle. It is natural that some are skeptical.

How does a geothermal system transfer heat?

How does a geothermal system transfer heat?

Everyone can understand how heat is created. You light a fire, you have heat.

How long will a geothermal pipe last?

How long will a geothermal pipe last?

The pipe that is used in most geothermal loops is SDR 11. Most pipe manufacturers have a 50 year warranty against faults and defects.

What if I don't have enough room for a horizontal loop?

What if I don't have enough room for a horizontal loop?

When installing a geothermal system, if there isn't enough room for a horizontal racetrack maybe you can still get a horizontal slinky loop system to fit in the space you have. You only need 90 feet of trench per loop versus 300 feet for a racetrack.

5 geothermal misconceptions

5 geothermal misconceptions

As with most misunderstood technologies, a barrage of myths and misconceptions exist. Unfortunately, geothermal is not immune. While these types of systems certainly have their limitations, the same is true about any type of heating and cooling system you could install in your home.

Which type of geothermal system is the least expensive to retrofit?

Which type of geothermal system is the least expensive to retrofit?

This topic is very broad and the answers can branch off in many directions. So, to start, here is a short list of practices that can lower your retrofit install costs: Cheap equipment, HVAC contractors that are not knowledgeable or...

5 most common geothermal questions

5 most common geothermal questions

With 17 years in the geothermal industry and over 15,000 geothermal installations, we've received many questions from our customers. We believe that providing accurate answers to these questions gives our customers the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their heating and cooling needs.

Will I have to add insulation to my new home if I install a geothermal system?

Will I have to add insulation to my new home if I install a geothermal system?

Since its been such a hot summer here, I'm going to answer this question with an relevant analogy. Think of a professionally installed geothermal heat pump as a bowl of delicious, smooth ice cream.

How can I achieve higher building performance with retrofits?

How can I achieve higher building performance with retrofits?

Achieving higher building performance is pretty simple if you're retrofitting from a fossil fuel to a geothermal system. At best a fossil fuel system is 80-98 percent efficient, but a geothermal system is 400-500 percent efficient depending on the design of the system.

Geothermal loop options

Geothermal loop options

When you start considering a geothermal system for your home or business you will hear about several different loop options. One contractor will tell you his way is the best.

How quickly will my new geothermal system be installed?

How quickly will my new geothermal system be installed?

The installation of a geothermal system is similar to that of a conventional HVAC system. Each system consists of the equipment and a distribution system.

Reasons to choose a geothermal heating and cooling system

Reasons to choose a geothermal heating and cooling system

Why should you consider installing a geothermal system to heat and cool your home? A better question, why wouldn't you? Approximately 70 percent of the energy used in a geothermal heat pump system is renewable energy from the ground. The...

When to use a single-stage geothermal system versus a multi stage

When to use a single-stage geothermal system versus a multi stage

When it comes to heating and air conditioning your home, there is the one thing that comes to my mind first, and that would be comfort. Comfort is a lot more than just a cool house. There are so many aspects to being comfortable.

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