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Geothermal Energy and HVAC: Everything You Need to Know

Geothermal Energy in HVAC

You’ve likely heard of or even used geothermal energy at some point. But do you know much about geothermal HVAC systems? Read on to learn more about geothermal energy and how it related to today’s most energy-efficient HVAC systems in Chesapeake, Virginia.

What is Geothermal Energy?

Geothermal energy comes from underground spaces where temperatures are relatively consistent. In general, underground temperatures in Virginia average about 55 degrees throughout all months of the year. On hot days, cool underground air can decrease the temperature inside your home to your preferred temperature. On a cold day in the winter, geothermal systems can bring up relatively warm air to partially heat your house with the help of a conventional heating system.

How Geothermal Systems Work

Geothermal systems rely on the fact that heat always travels from warm to cool locations. As a result, warm air will automatically flow up from the ground to warm your house in the winter. Additionally, you can use fans to blow relatively cold air into a warm home in a way that’s similar to a regular air conditioning system.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Geothermal Systems

The advantages of geothermal systems are that they’re good for the environment and reliable at all times of the year. The downside of geothermal systems is that don’t have the capability to fully warm a home on their own when it’s extremely cold outside. You’ll have to install a conventional heater to provide additional energy for heating.

Geothermal HVAC in Your Home

Geothermal systems can help you consume less energy to reduce your power bills and minimize your impact on the environment. Reach out to Kearney & Sons to discover more about how geothermal systems can be an effective source of energy in your home. Contact us today for expert help from our team of friendly service technicians.

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