Beneath the surface of the earth, the temperature remains at a consistent 55° throughout the year, no matter which part of the country you call home. Geothermal cooling and heating systems take advantage of this stable source of thermal energy to efficiently cool and heat a home. Geothermal systems are a “green” alternative to conventional central air conditioners, and, here in Tampa, they may be the perfect choice for your new heating and air conditioning system.
The installation process for geothermal systems involves a complex underground piping system through which a refrigerant solution or water cycles continuously. You usually need a relatively large outdoor area for installation, so it may be a fairly involved process. However, the results certainly make up for this small disturbance.
The technician buries a set of coiled tubes underground through which refrigerant will travel. Holes are drilled into the ground for vertical installation, or you may have a trench dug out of the ground by a backhoe if your property is large enough for horizontal pipe installation.
How It Works
During the cooling season, the refrigerant solution travels through the indoor portion of your system and removes heat, then deposits this heat into the ground outdoors. In the heating season, the flow of refrigerant reverses. It absorbs heat from the ground and releases it into your home. A fan blows the cool or warm air into the home.
Geothermal systems require very little energy to run, as electricity is only needed to pump refrigerant and run the fans. This helps to reduce the amount of pollutants released into the air by air conditioners. The high efficiency also means that many geothermal systems do not need repairs as frequently as conventional air conditioning units. Furthermore, geothermal systems often have a longer lifespan than conventional AC, partially due to the fact that outdoor components are not exposed to the elements and, therefore, may not be subject to as much wear and tear.
Not all air conditioning technicians are qualified to install a geothermal system.
At Air Conditioning Experts, our technicians are trained in installing these complex systems. For geothermal cooling in Tampa, call us today!