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How a Geothermal System Makes Winter Heating Easier

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Heat pumps are becoming more popular as methods for providing heat to homes. However, a heat pump is a two-in-one appliance that works as both a cooling and heating system. Essentially, it’s an air conditioner that can reverse the direction it moves heat. A standard AC draws heat from inside a house and exhausts it outside. A heat pump can cause the opposite to happen: heat drawn from outside and exhausted inside.

If you’re immediately thinking, “How can the heat pump draw heat from the cold air of the winter,” then you’re already on the path toward finding out the advantages of using a geothermal system for your winter warmth. A geothermal system has an easier time delivering winter heat.

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Are There Other Options Than a Furnace for Winter Heating?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Furnaces are so common in homes that it’s often easy to talk about “home heating” and only refer to a furnace. However, it isn’t a safe assumption to make that a household uses a furnace for comfort during the winter. There are other options available. If you’re in the market for a new heating system this fall, you might be interested in an alternative to the natural gas furnace. Let’s take a look some of them.

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Is a Geothermal System a Good Choice for Heating?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Homeowners have never had so many choices for centralized heating systems. You can choose from traditional heating systems like a furnace or boiler, or you could go with something newer, like a geothermal system. While this system may sound like something futuristic, it really isn’t. In short, it is a system that takes advantage of the Earth’s natural, steady temperature below the frost line to heat your home. Why choose a system like this to heat your home in Eugene? Here are some reasons our customers have chosen this kind of system:

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3 Common Geothermal Repairs

Monday, June 1st, 2015

One of the great benefits of a geothermal system is its longevity. However, this doesn’t mean that your geothermal system won’t ever need repair. Repairs for geothermal systems can incite a level of trepidation in homeowners because of the buried ground loop, but trained technicians know how to handle any repair issues that may develop with your geothermal system, including any that develop with the system’s loop. Here are three of the more common problems that can develop with a geothermal heating and cooling system:

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Stages Involved In Geothermal Air Conditioning Installation

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

So, you’ve been thinking about having geothermal air conditioning installed for your home. A good choice: you’ll not only invest in more efficient cooling (and heating), you’ll also invest in the environment.

Installing a geothermal heat pump is a large task that involves a number of stages. Fortunately, you can leave most of the hard work to professionals in air conditioning installation in Eugene, OR. You can find them at Comfort Flow Heating.

Here are the stages our geothermal installers go through to deliver the many benefits of geothermal power to our customers:

  • Although the actual placement of the geothermal loops is the most labor-intensive stage of installing a geothermal heat pump, the most detailed stage is the evaluation of the property and sizing the system. The installers must decide on the type of loop configuration (vertical or horizontal) that will work with the space available, and the heat load capacity required to effectively cool and heat the home. In many cases, a 3-ton setup is right for most homes. However, the installers will consider factors such as the soil and local geology and available size for the loops when making these determinations, as well as the standard heat pump sizing concerns (house size, insulation, etc.). Sizing any home comfort system is a complex process, but geothermal systems go beyond in intricacy.
  • The next stage is the installation of the water-to-water heat pump inside a home. Geothermal heat pumps rarely use chemical refrigerant, but rely instead on water run through the loops. The installers place the indoor unit of the heat pump inside the home in a position to hook up to existing ductwork. This work is little different from installing a standard air source heat pump.
  • Next comes the actual placement of the ground loops that carry the water through the soil to deposit heat from indoors (air conditioning mode) or remove it (heating mode). This work will usually take a few days, but the time required will depend on the loop configuration. Shallower horizontal loops need less digging, while vertical loops will use more labor because of how deep they reach. After the loops are set and connected to the indoor heat pump unit, the installers run the system to test for leaks and to see if it cools/heats the home as intended.

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Many homeowners shy away from a geothermal installation because of the idea of their property getting ripped up for loop installation. Although the work isn’t easy, it’s also not as disruptive as many people imagine; with the right installers on the job, it will be finished before you know it, and you can begin enjoying one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems on the market. In only a bit over 5 years, your geothermal air conditioning installation in Eugene, OR will pay for itself in energy savings.

Comfort Flow Heating has a long history of successfully installing geothermal heat pumps, as well as repairing and maintaining them. Contact us today to speak to one of our geothermal specialists.

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