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Does Your Geothermal Cooling System Need Repair?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The advent of geothermal heating and cooling in recent years has brought a high level of energy-efficiency to homes throughout the country. These durable systems can endure for over 50 years, provided how they are used and how they are maintained. The steady temperature of the earth allows your cooling and heating power to remain stable no matter what the temperature is outdoors.

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Journey to the Center of (Geothermal) Earth Heating

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

In 1864, Jules Verne published his third novel, following on the success of Five Weeks in a Balloon and The Adventures of Captain Hatteras. It’s a book that has important meaning for us today when it comes to comfort for our homes, believe it or not: Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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Do Geothermal Systems Need Regular Fall Maintenance?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

When it comes to furnaces, people generally understand that these heaters need annual inspections and tune-ups each fall to make sure they are ready to handle the rigors of winter. (Whether people actually remember to schedule the inspections each fall is another matter.) But what about other types of heating systems, specifically geothermal heat pumps? Is it as important that a geothermal heating and cooling system receive fall maintenance every year, or can it instead have its inspections and tune-ups on a less regular schedule?

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Is Geothermal Heating an Option for My Home This Winter?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

With the cool weather already arriving, many people are thinking about how they will keep their homes warm when the winter cold strikes. For homeowners considering having an entirely new heating system put in, a geothermal heat pump might be on the list… but probably down low. This isn’t because geothermal is unpopular, but because it is intimidating. People often believe installation of a geothermal system is simply impractical for their home and property, or that it is financially out of reach.

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Can I Have Zone Control for Geothermal Cooling and Heating?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

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!

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Does My Geothermal Heat Pump Need Maintenance before Each Summer?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

A geothermal heat pump is one of the most durable of all residential comfort systems. The one that you have working for your home (and give us a call if you want one installed) should last for decades while providing you with energy-efficient heating and cooling. The indoor heat pump components of a geothermal system have an average lifespan greater than 20 years, and the ground coils can endure for more than 50 years!

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Why Geothermal Drilling Is Sometimes Necessary

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The core of how a geothermal system for a home works is the set of loops in the ground that carries the refrigerant (water or a water and anti-freeze solution). The refrigerant absorbs the heat from the ground and carries it indoors to be released through a condenser coil into the ventilation system of a home. During warmer weather, the process reverses, and the indoor coil functions as an evaporator coil to absorb heat, which the refrigerant than deposits into the ground.

Although geothermal installation is an intensive process and can sometimes take up to six days to complete, the longevity of these systems and their energy efficiency makes them worth this upfront investment in time. In many cases, little drilling is necessary for installing a new geothermal system. However, there are cases where geothermal drilling in Atlanta is necessary for proper installation, as we’ll explain

To learn more about how Premier Indoor Comfort Systems can install a geothermal heating and cooling system for your home, contact our geothermal specialists.

Geothermal drilling

In order for a geothermal system to work efficiently, its coils must be placed at least 6 feet below the frost line. At this depth, the earth’s temperature remains stable at around 54°F regardless of the topside weather. The geothermal heat pump will always has a ready supply of heat for operation.

However, the depth necessary to place the coils changes from location to location depending on the average temperatures. For warmer spots, the pipes are placed in a horizontal configuration close to the surface; this requires no drilling, but instead digging out shallow trenches so that loops can be laid down into a 6–10’ groove, then covered over. If you require the loops placed at a much lower depth, then a vertical configuration works better. In this case, it’s necessary to use drilling to go down to the required depth. Although drilling is a large operation, it creates less disruption to your property, and when the system is installed will work more efficiently at the greater depth.

The other time when it is advisable to have drilling to place a vertical loop configuration is when you lack the property space to fit a horizontal set of loops. Vertical loops can fit on most properties without problem.

You don’t need to know right now the type of geothermal loops you should have. When you contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems for geothermal installation, we will send out a technician to survey your land and determine how best to set it up with refrigerant loops. We will then take care of all the necessary excavation and geothermal drilling in Atlanta, GA to provide you with the best possible heating and cooling system.

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3 Key Aspects of Geothermal Cooling Systems

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Geothermal cooling systems make a safe and efficient alternative to traditional centralized air conditioners. Instead of relying on refrigerant gas to create cool air, the geothermal system uses the ambient temperature of the earth to provide cooling power. Geothermal cooling in Marietta and other nearby communities makes a lot of sense, though the up-front costs need to be carefully considered before you proceed with installation.

3 Key Aspects of Geothermal Systems

  • They rely on the unchanging temperature below the ground. Once you get down below five or six feet, the temperature inside the earth doesn’t change no matter what the weather is like above the ground. With that as a constant, the system can then facilitate a heat exchange: pulling the heat out of the air in your home and dispersing it safely and easily into the ground.
  • They pump a mixture through underground coils to make the heat exchange work. The main expense involve in installing a geothermal cooling system comes from the fact that it must bury a series of coils beneath the ground to work. That requires time and equipment, as well as a stretch of land big enough to hold all of the coils. Once that happens, the system pumps a mixture of water sand antifreeze through the coils, which can retain the heat pulled from your home and release it into the ground.
  • They are extremely energy efficient. The benefits to all of this come in the form of your monthly cooling bills. The heat exchange itself uses almost no energy, as well as being environmentally clean. You need only a bit of electricity to run the pumps and fans.

The key aspects of geothermal systems are what make it such an attractive option, provided your property is large enough to support it and you have the funds to handle the initial installation. Over time, the convenience and savings could easily pay for those initial factors.

For more information on geothermal cooling in Marietta, or to schedule an installation, call on the experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today!

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What Sort of Heating Repair Do Geothermal Systems Need?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Geothermal heating has started to spread to residential use, and homeowners across the country are discovering the advantages of using the stable, natural power of the earth’s heat to bring comfort to their living spaces. Geothermal heat pumps offer reliable, quiet performance that saves money and reduces the impact on the environment.

People still hesitate about geothermal installation, however, because of worries about initial costs and the problems from repairs. Geothermal heat pumps work using underground pipe loops that carry heat from the ground into a unit inside a home, and it takes a great deal of work to dig the trenches for those pipes. However, repairing a geothermal heat pump isn’t as difficult as people think, as we’ll explain.

For assistance with geothermal heating repair in Bryson City, GA, contact our specialists at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We offer comprehensive installation, repair, and maintenance services.

Geothermal heat pump repairs

The repair problem that most people think will afflict a geothermal system is leaking in the ground loops. But this is an uncommon issue, and the underground pipes can often last 50 years without needing replacement. Even when they do develop a leak, it isn’t as arduous a problem to fix as people imagine. A technician inserts a colored dye into underground loops, and then traces the dye’s appearance on the surface to target the leaks. This way, it requires only a small amount of excavation to fix the leaks.

Most of the other repairs that a geothermal system can require are the ones that any heat pump can encounter. Burned out motors, stuck compressors, and broken reversing valves need to be replaced. Leaking compressors lead to a drop in refrigerant, and the refrigerant must be recharged. Start and run capacitors malfunction and must be swapped out. All of these are basic repairs little different from standard air-source heat pump repair and don’t require any excavation.

Is geothermal worth the cost?

It’s true that a geothermal system requires a larger upfront installation cost than most other home comfort systems, but their efficiency means they will pay back their price tag in 5–10 years, and with their longevity they will have many more years of saving you money. If you have a home and property suited for geothermal, you should definitely give it serious consideration.

Call up Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today to schedule an appointment to find out if your home will benefit from geothermal. Call us for any installation or heating repair in Bryson City, GA that you need.

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Factors to Consider Prior to a Geothermal Installation in Swain County, NC

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming more and more popular as energy prices continue to rise and homeowners continue to look for alternative fuel sources without sacrificing their comfort. With a professional installation and regular maintenance service, your geothermal heating and cooling system can keep you Swain County home comfortable affordably for years to come. Before you can have a geothermal system installed, though, you must consider a number of factors. To figure out if a geothermal heating and cooling system is appropriate for your home and property, contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We’ll make sure that you get the right heating and cooling system for your home.

One of the main factors that will affect the possibility of a geothermal heating and cooling system installation on your property is the geological condition of your land. The soil and rock quality and characteristics can affect the transfer of heat and the installation of the ground loop system. If you do not have usable land deep enough for trenching you may need to dig for vertical loop installation. Only a professional geothermal technician can make these decisions.

The presence of water on your property must also be considered. If a body of water on your property is sufficient the loop system may be submerged in it. The depth, volume and quality of this water must be considered before this can be done. If you have ground water you can even opt for an open loop system, in which water itself replaces the antifreeze solution that usually acts as the heat transfer fluid in closed loop geothermal systems.

The amount of land at your disposal is also important. If there is not enough or just barely enough land for the system to draw heat from it will not be effective. There is no point in investing in this sort of system if it cannot be properly installed on your property.

For more information about the considerations you must make prior to a geothermal installation in Swain County, contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We are always happy to help. Our technicians want to make your home a more comfortable, efficient place to live.

 

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