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Can I Have Zone Control for Geothermal Cooling and Heating?

Here are two great ideas for your home comfort:

  • A geothermal heat pump: Using the stable heat of the earth, you can both heat and cool your home with greater energy efficiency than a standard heat pump, air conditioner, or furnace. Geothermal systems also have immense longevity.
  • Zone control system: Your central heating and cooling system doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition that sends heated or cooled air to every room whenever it turns on. Installing a zone control system allows you to divide the house into separate “zones” with individual comfort controls.

A question that some homeowners ask about geothermal heat pumps is if they can be fitted for a zone control system. The answer is: absolutely!

How Zone Control Works with a Geothermal Heat Pump

A zone control system consists of a series of dampers that are fitted inside the ductwork connected to a forced-air heater, air conditioner, or heat pump. The dampers are open and close to control if conditioned air flows to certain zones. Local thermostats and a central thermostat control the dampers.

The reason that zone control works for a geothermal system is that a geothermal heat pump—like all heat pumps—is a forced-air system. The loops buried in the ground use the earth as the medium for heat exchange, which is different from standard heat pumps that use the outside air for this job; but the indoor components operate the same way: a coil absorbs or releases heat, and a blower fan sends that conditioned air into the ventilation system.

The short version: You can put zone control into any ductwork system. A geothermal heat pump uses a ductwork system, and therefore professionals can outfit it with zone control.

If you are interested in installing a geothermal heat pump with zone control, or if you already have a geothermal system and would like the benefits of zone control added to it, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call. We service Robbinsville, NC, and the surrounding areas.

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