What is a geothermal system?
Very simply, a geothermal system is the most advanced, efficient, adaptable, and cost effective heating and cooling system in the world today.
How does it work?
A geothermal system uses the energy of the sun, stored in the earth, to keep you in comfort all year round. Even in the winter, when a blanket of snow may cover the ground, the earth’s temperature is a constant 10 to 15 Degrees C (40-50 Degrees F) at only six feet below the surface, all year round. This means that you have a steady supply of heat to keep you in comfort, even in the depths of the coldest winter.
The geothermal system consists of a geothermal unit, installed in your building, which is attached to a series of pipes buried in the ground. An ethanol solution is circulated through the pipes to make them highly efficient conductors of heat. The ethanol in the pipes absorbs the heat from the ground and is pumped back into the geothermal unit in the building. The unit extracts the heat from the ethanol solution, then distributes the heat throughout the building. In the summer, the whole process reverses itself. Heat is taken from the air in the building and transferred to the ground, which on warm days is cooler than the air. The heat transferred into the ground is stored, until needed during heating season.
Why should I buy a geothermal system?
Compared to traditional building heating systems, a geothermal system provides long term building energy savings. Annual heating bills are anywhere from 30 to 50% lower, depending on the system that is replaced. Geothermal energy is not subject to rising costs or unpredictable price swings, and is not transported over long distances. It is always available, right beneath your feet!
No other method of building heating and cooling can match geothermal as a reliable way to reduce sky-high heating and cooling costs. Significant monthly savings are realized after “going geo”, particularly for larger buildings and also for buildings heated with oil or propane. (buildings heated with natural gas can expect substantial savings over a longer payback period.)
Any building converted to a Core One Mechanical Group Inc. system from oil or electric resistance will cut about 50% off its yearly heating and cooling costs. If propane heating is replaced with a Core One Mechanical Group Inc. system, the savings are even better, at approximately 55%.
Using geothermal for heating and cooling changes the way you pay for energy. Because you are taking advantage of the natural heating (or cooling) capacity of the earth, on property you own, you are drawing upon a new resource that is essentially free and renewable.