While relatively new to many homeowners, geothermal heat pump systems have been in use in the United States for decades and millions of geothermal systems have been installed in residential and commercial applications across the globe. The geothermal systems Baker & Sons Air Conditioning installs use tried and true technology that is widely considered the most energy efficient way to heat and air condition a building. These ultra-efficient “green” heating and air conditioning systems not only save energy and reduce carbon emissions – they also increase comfort.
In fact, over 98% of homeowners who convert to a geothermal system report a greater level of comfort while enjoying reductions in heating and cooling costs of up to 60-70%!
During the winter, a geothermal heat pump uses underground piping, known as an “earth loop” to extract heat from the ground. As the system pulls heat from the loop it distributes it through a conventional duct system as warm air. The same heat energy can also be used for a radiant floor system or domestic hot water heating.
Essentially the opposite occurs during the summer when the geothermal heat pump absorbs heat from the air in your home and transfers it to water circulating in the earth loop where it is absorbed by the earth. This provides cool, dehumidified and comfortable air throughout your home.
Energy and cost savings of geothermal heat pumps will vary by region and type of conventional system they're compared with. But the energy cost of geothermal versus conventional HVAC systems will always be lower — and the geothermal system will always be greener.
What is the environmental impact of installing a geothermal heat pump in my home?
According to data supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical 3 ton residential geothermal heat pump system produces an average of about one pound less carbon dioxide (CO2) per hour of use than a conventional system. For perspective, this would have an environmental equivalent of reducing emissions from one automobile over that same time period by nearly 60% or planting 12 acres or trees annually!
We install all types of geothermal heat pump systems:
- Ground source geothermal systems
- Closed loop geothermal systems
- Open loop geothermal systems
- Geothermal heating systems
- Energy Star geothermal systems
- Green geothermal systems
- High efficiency geothermal systems
We only use the best products! A core philosophy at Baker & Sons is that there are 3 major critical components to a high quality and long lasting geothermal system: quality products, quality installation and quality design. When evaluating products that we recommend to homeowners, we are very thorough. Often, a product will be installed at our facility or in one of our own homes long before we offer it to a customer. Why? We want to be sure that we’re recommending only the best to you and your family.
Geothermal System Design
The third major critical component to a high quality and long lasting geothermal system is actually the first step: system design. Our friendly and experienced comfort specialists evaluate your home and perform engineering calculations to determine the proper sized geothermal system for your home. Factors include the age of the home, insulation levels, window quantity and quality, size of the home, orientation of the home, ceiling height and many, many more. It is not uncommon for two homes that appear nearly identical in the same neighborhood to have different heating and cooling requirements. That’s why we never “guess or assume” what size geothermal system is right for your home. Our goal is to provide an energy efficient geothermal heat pump system that maximizes your comfort and minimizes your energy usage. That’s why each geothermal heat pump system that we install is custom designed for you and your home.
Geothermal System Installation
Having a new geothermal heating system installed is much different than nearly every purchase that a homeowner will make for their home. The parts are shipped to us from our distributors, loaded onto our trucks and then assembled in your home. You will often hear a Baker & Sons employee say “The most important day in a geothermal heat pump’s life is its first day.” This is because it is critical that thorough and precise installation procedures are followed. Even the highest quality products must be assembled and installed properly in order to maximize energy savings, enhance system performance and ensure years of trouble free comfort.