How Geothermal Works

As the seasons move from spring to winter, temperature varies throughout the year. Some climates can range from scorching summers to frigid winters; Rochester included. Did you know there is a pretty consistent temperature, regardless of climate or season, just below the ground?

The Earth's crust takes in 47% of the sun's heat (energy) and is retained in the ground a few feet under the surface. WaterFurnace geothermal systems extract this free heat source with an earth loop. This ingenious technology reclaims the sun's heat supplying your home or office with central heating and cooling.

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Geothermal Heating

Using the earth loop, a WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump takes the heat from the ground in the heating cycle. The geothermal system draws the heat from the loops and passes this warmed air through a standard duct system. Additional choices include using that same heat to provide hot water and radiant floor heating are available.

Geothermal Cooling

Conditioning air is just the reverse process used in the heating cycle. Warm air is pushed by the geothermal heat pump into the ground. By removing the warm air, all that is left is cool air circulating throughout your home. Heating your water during this process is "free".

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For more information on how to get started with a geothermal system in the Rochester area, contact Van Hee Mechanical. Start saving on your energy bills today.