Geothermal systems take advantage of the relatively constant temperature a few feet below the earth’s surface to heat, cool and even supply a building with hot water. The below-ground temperature is warmer than the air in the winter and cooler during the summer, which geothermal heat pumps use as an exchange medium. Blue Valley Energy in Longmont promotes geothermal systems because they have the highest efficiency, run the quietest and need the least amount of maintenance when compared to most other heating and cooling systems.
Types of Geothermal Systems for Longmont
- Horizontal Geothermal Systems: This type of closed-loop system is the best choice for new home construction where available land is not a concern because it is usually the most cost-effective type of installation. A four foot deep trench is required.
- Vertical Geothermal Systems: Holes are drilled 100 to 400 feet deep approximately 20 feet apart in vertical installations. Since this type of closed-loop system causes less disturbance to the landscape, it is a popular choice for commercial buildings and schools.
- Pond/Lake Geothermal Systems: The last type of closed-loop system is when a supply pipe is coiled a minimum of eight feet under the surface of a body of water. When there is a pond or lake with adequate volume, depth and quality, this installation costs the least.
- Open-Loop Geothermal Systems: If a property has a sufficient supply of decent quality water, then an open-loop geothermal system is possible. For this installation, the groundwater is circulated directly through the system and is returned through a recharge well.
According to Energy.gov, the higher upfront cost of installing a geothermal system is returned to you in just 5 to 10 years through energy savings! They also estimate the lifespan of the in-ground components to be at least 50 years and the inside parts to last a minimum of 25 years. If you are interested in reaping the benefits of this environmentally-friendly energy, contact the geothermal systems experts at Blue Valley Energy in Longmont- we look forward to providing you a free consultation.