Geothermal Heating for Your Home
Living in Kansas City, MO means dealing with harsh weather throughout much of the year, from brutally hot summers to freezing winters. When the outdoor air gets very hot or very cold, it can be difficult for many climate control systems to maintain a comfortable temperature. The downside is increased cost and more wear and tear on the system.
Fortunately, there is a climate control option that operates nearly independently of the outdoor air. It’s called geothermal heating, and it takes advantage of the stable temperatures found deep inside the Earth.
How Geothermal Heating Works
Geothermal systems use the same cooling cycle as air conditioners and ground-source heat pumps. During the cooling season, refrigerant chemicals absorb heat inside the home and transfer it out of the house. When the heating season rolls around, the process reverses as the refrigerant absorbs outdoor heat and brings it into the house. Instead of using the outside air as air conditioners and air-source heat pumps do, though, a geothermal heat pump uses the ground as its heat source in the winter and heat sink in the summer.
Types of Geothermal Systems
Every geothermal system uses an underground loop to exchange heat with the ground, and several loop configurations are available. The horizontal loop is the most popular option for residential heating and cooling. Because horizontal loops aren’t buried very deep underground, they require minimal excavation, reducing the installation cost. They do require a fair amount of space on the property, though, and they’re somewhat less efficient on very hot or cold days because they are so close to the air.
For commercial properties and in urban areas, vertical loop configurations are usually preferred. Vertical loops take up less space on the ground, but because there’s a lot of excavation required, they are more expensive to install. However, a vertical loop provides even more efficient cooling because it goes deep enough underground to remain virtually unaffected by the weather above ground.
If you happen to have a water feature on your property, we might be able to use a third configuration called a pond/lake loop. Of course, we’ll be happy to help you choose the right geothermal option for your home.
Regardless of the loop type, all geothermal systems provide highly efficient heating and cooling throughout the year, with minimal maintenance required. They are also among the most durable systems around. The aboveground components are made to last 20 years with only occasional service, and the underground loop is good for 50 years or more.
Going Geothermal With Climate Control KC
Upgrading to geothermal climate control is a major investment in your home, and you’ll need top-notch HVAC professionals to ensure that it’s a good one. At Climate Control Heating and Cooling, we’ve been bringing highly efficient HVAC systems to homes throughout the Kansas City area for nearly three decades. Call us today to find out where geothermal climate control can take home comfort, and we’ll help you get there.