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Our planet absorbs almost 50% of the sun's heat that falls on the earth’s surface and stores it just a few feet underground.  Geothermal energy systems tap into this free heat with a ground loop – basically a tube of circulating water.. As seasons change from summer to winter, outside air temperatures swing wildly in many US locations. The ground temperature at the depths geothermal ground loops are installed, however, remains relatively constant throughout the year.

The same geothermal energy system can heat your home during the winter and cool it during the summer.  In heating mode, the heat pump transfers heat from the ground into your home and returns cooler water back to the ground loop to be re-heated.  This heat can be distributed through a forced air duct system or a radiant floor system.

During summer, the heat pump is reversed to cool your home.  Heat is extracted from your house and heats the ground loop water. The heated water is circulated through the ground loop and cooled by the lower earth temperature.  Your domestic hot water tank can also be heated in this mode, further increasing the overall system energy efficiency.

Geothermal systems do not emit harmful greenhouse gasses into the environment nor do they produce carbon monoxide in your home; our geothermal energy services are considered to be safer than traditional heating and cooling systems.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have stated that geothermal heat pumps are the most environmentally friendly and cost-efficient way to heat and cool your home.

To learn how you can save by using geothermal energy, click here to access our free geothermal cost savings calculator.

EEC is an authorized WaterFurnace heat pump dealer. Click HERE to visit EEC's WaterFurnace web site.