Geothermal Heat

Geothermal Heat Pump

Ground source heat pumps, often called geothermal, are electric appliances that provide summertime air-conditioning and wintertime heating.

Geothermal heat pumps are considered to be clean heating and cooling systems because they do not create heat, but rather they transfer renewable heat from the ground into your building. This process is powered by electricity, which can also be sourced from renewable energy.

Save money on your energy bill and improve the comfort of your home, all while reducing your greenhouse gas emissions. Scroll down to explore your options and the different applications.

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What are the benefits?

  • Geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient heating and cooling system available.
  • Heat pumps filter and dehumidify air, which can improve the air quality and comfort of your home. In particular, the filtration provided by heat pump systems can significantly reduce allergens in your home, benefiting sensitive individuals.
  • Eliminating or reducing the combustion of fossil fuels in your home improves home safety.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint and dependence on imported fossil fuels. Using solar PV or other renewable electricity sources can further offset emissions from the electricity powering your heat pump.
  • All outdoor components of a geothermal system will be buried underground, no need to worry about outdoor aesthetics.
  • Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) are not vulnerable to atmospheric conditions because the system components are not exposed to the elements and thus do not have defrost cycles like ASHP systems do.
    This inherent feature of GSHP makes them more efficient throughout the winter and quieter outdoors than air source heat pumps (ASHP).
  • Geothermal can offer a clean whole-home heating and cooling solution without requiring backup heating. Eliminate fossil fuel combustion and associated risks from your home entirely. Geothermal can also heat 40-50% of your home’s hot water at no additional operating cost with an add-on.

Is this right for my home?

GSHP retrofits can work in many homes. If you answer “Yes” to any of the questions below, a geothermal system may be a good fit for you:

  • Do you heat with oil, propane or electric resistance?
  • Do you want whole-home central air conditioning and heating in one system?
  • Are you concerned about aesthetic changes to your building?
  • Do you want the most efficient, environmentally-friendly system available?
  • Is your boiler/furnace, central AC system, or existing heat pump system 15+ years old?

For More Information

Contact Lauren Brois

lauren@sustainablewestchester.org

914-242-4725 x122

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energysmarthomes@sustainablewestchester.org