Whether you have committed to a geothermal upgrade, or are still weighing your options, it is important that you review the varying system options to get a better idea of their features and benefits. Keep in mind that there are two components to the geothermal product: the underground loop and the indoor heat pump. Aren’t sure what to pay attention to in the technical product descriptions? We’ve got you covered!
What to Keep In Mind
Energy Efficiency Rating
Geothermal systems have grown to be popular due to their energy efficient attributes. The energy efficiency rating associated with the system helps you to determine how efficiently the system converts energy for operation. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system is thought to be. If you are seeking something with optimum efficiency, look for systems with the ENERGY STAR label which have been found to meet strict efficiency qualifications as determined by the U.S. Department of Energy.
When choosing a heating and cooling system, the sound level is always something to keep in mind. While the indoor unit may look large, it has a surprisingly quiet operation. Today, industry leading geothermal systems feature a fully insulated cabinet and double isolation compressor mounting system to ensure ultra-quiet operation.
The heating and cooling capacities are also important considerations when choosing a system. The capacity, measured in British Thermal Units (BTU), determines how much heat is produced from the system, and will vary depending on the size of your home or business. Therefore, ensuring that the capacity is appropriate for your space size is essential. Your Home Comfort Geo contractor can help you size your system and determine the appropriate capacity.
One of the greatest benefits of any new system is the fact that it comes with a warranty to cover any issues that may arise over time. The geothermal systems offered by your Home Comfort Geo Contractor come with a 10 year limited warranty covering all internal components, with the option to purchase an extended warranty with a labor allowance that is good on all parts.
Here at Schneider Heating and Air Conditioning we have a couple of options for brand in the Geothermal system.
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Carrier heat pumps are air conditioners that can also heat your home!
Ultra High Efficient Heat Pump Built for Total Home Comfort
Carrier’s exclusive Infinity™ heat pump has two stages, operating with less power longer. And we engineered it to team with an Infinity furnace to create the most economical HybridHeat System, which saves you year-round. With rising costs of fuel it is safe to say this is a good way to save money. The secret behind a Hybrid Heat system is Carrier’s state-of-the-art heat pump. A heat pump works as an air conditioner in hot weather, but can also reverse the process and heat the home when cold weather arrives. Rather than burning fuel to generate heat, the heat pump moves heat without a flame, making it a more efficient method of heating a home. Additionally, some Carrier heat pumps feature Puron(R) non-ozone-depleting refrigerant, making them an environmentally sound option.
Call today and we can even calculate your savings you will see using the Infinity Heat Pump with the Infinity Furnace.
Hydronic Heating Systems
Hydronic under floor heating is the most popular form of radiant heat, mainly because it has been around the longest. This form of heating was first used by the Romans, but there have been significant developments since. In the most recent hydronic systems, PEX radiant tubing has been installed in a concrete mass called Gypsum Concrete or “Gypcrete.” This method works very well in most applications, but there have been developments in the installation process of hydronic under floor heating that make it easier to install for certain situations. This new development is known as a low-mass or modular board underlayment system. Rather than embedding the hot water tubing in concrete, the PEX tubing is laid in the grooves of pre-cut wood panels. This new method is ideal for remodeling and most new construction projects.
However, in-floor heating is not your only option for boiler hydronic heating systems.
Another option is hydronic forced air which would incorporate the following pieces: a boiler, and air handler, and a hot water coil. The advantages to doing it this way are that you’ll be saving energy over what even a very efficient furnace would save you, as well as heating your home with a safer, more compact unit. Such a unit is known for delivering even warming to the various rooms of your house.
There is of course the hydronic baseboard heat that is still available to install in homes as well.
IBC boilers feature a stainless steel heat exchanger! The designed “Super Coil VFC Heat Exchanger” utilizes the latest advances in burner, gas air mixing and control technology the “Super Coil” delivers the lowest flue gas exhaust temperature/ return water temperature differential. In addition, the stainless steel heat exchanger provides protection against corrosion, which means you will have your unit last longer.
IBC boilers also have many sizes to ensure you have the right boiler for your application.
Weil-McLain boilers have been making boilers for almost 100 years. They also have wide range of energy-efficient, high quality gas and oil-fired boilers for residential heating and gas-fired, oil-fired and combination oil/gas boilers for commercial use, including in restaurants, hotels, casinos and other commercial and institutional facilities.