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Geo-thermal Heat Pumps are the new Heat Pump

Geo-thermal Heat Pumps are the new Heat Pump

With heating and cooling costs reaching new highs, many people are looking to the Earth for answers.  New geo-thermal heat pumps can so dramatically lower heating and cooling costs that many people are pulling out their old equipment for the next generation.  Liz Galst of the New York Times says:

The business for ground-source heat pumps is so hot that when some people driving in and around Seattle see Gerard Maloney’s EarthHeat van, with the company’s phone number on the side, they call from their cellphones. “Really, we have people doing this,” Mr. Maloney said.

Like other energy alternatives, ground-source heat pumps have won new admirers as energy costs have skyrocketed.

The pumps, also called geothermal heat pumps, use the relatively constant temperature just below the earth’s surface — six feet below, in many cases — to draw warm air into a building in winter and remove warm air in summer. Advocates say the systems can save building owners 25 percent to 65 percent on energy costs while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

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New Heat Pumps are “Going Green”

New Heat Pumps are “Going Green”

With the cost of energy rising, many home and business owners are looking at going green not only to help the environment, but to help themselves.  Although the technology isn’t new, geothermal heat pumps are becoming far more attractive to thrifty Americans who want to “borrow” a little help from nature.  C. J. Hughes of the New York Times says:

Burrowing is exactly what geothermal heat pumps do to reduce temperatures. They work because the ground hundreds of feet down remains a fairly constant 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Absorbing heat into water, they whisk it downward, disperse it and then resend it, newly chilled, back to the surface.

The technology has existed since World War II; newly eco-conscious developers are taking advantage of its greenness. In cooling a room, it uses about half the electricity of the typical air-conditioner and produces fewer carbon emissions.

The pumps can be four times more expensive to install than traditional heating and cooling systems, partly because thick bedrock and narrow lots complicate drilling the deep wells they need. But they can pay for themselves in a decade, according to developers, engineers and industry leaders.

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Start Thinking About Heating Your House in the Summer

Start Thinking About Heating Your House in the Summer

Is the Summer the best time to start thinking about how you will heat your house in the Winter?  It is if you want to cut costs.  With oil costs on the rise, many gas and oil heated systems may quickly become too expensive for regular use.  Electric heat pumps may be the solution. Jay Romano of the NYT says:

IT may seem like an odd time to be thinking about heating your house, but this is a good moment to do so, before the frigid weather sets in and you’re wondering why the heating bill is so huge.
One thing to consider is switching to an electric-powered heat pump for all or part of your home. Alex Wilson, executive editor of Environmental Building News, a building industry publication, said that a heat pump is basically an air-conditioner that works for cooling and heating.

For all your Knoxville heating repair needs, give us a call at (865) 236-0312.