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More FAQs about Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

01/03/2011

When installing a geothermal heat pump system in your existing Northern Colorado home, you may have a couple of questions. Here are some regular questions and their answers. Upon further investigation into geothermal heat pumps, you have come up with some questions. Presented here are some additional FAQs to answer your burning questions. For your consideration are some additional FAQs to answer your burning questions.

Will an underground loop affect my lawn or landscaping?
While there is a short-term disruption, the piping required for a geothermal heat pump system has no long-term adverse effects on your grass, trees, and other landscaping items. Temporary bare spots created by horizontal loop systems are easily brought back to its previous condition with grass seed or sod. Horizontal boring technology is also an option which lessens lawn disturbance.

Do freezing conditions create potential problems with the buried loops?
If your geothermal loop system is installed properly, then no. Closed loop systems used by WaterFurnace geothermal heat pumps are placed at depths of 4 to 6 feet. The liquid within the closed loop systems is water with a minute amount of eco-friendly antifreeze, as opposed to a mixture of water and refrigerant, avoiding potential environment concerns of leakage.

Should I install an open or closed loop system?
There are a number of variables that influence this decision.

Open loop systems capture heat from the temperatures stored in groundwater and is slightly more efficient. One vital consideration for an open loop is the quantity and quality of the water available. Geothermal units require up to eight gallons of water per min. with low acidity and mineral content. A appropriate place to discharge the water is another consideration.

Closed loop systems are generally more expensive but are nearly maintenance free. They circulate a mixture of water and alcohol-based antifreeze in a closed environment in order to transfer heat from the surrounding soil.

Comfort By Nature will guide you to the solution best suited for your specific conditions.

Can Northern Colorado residents install a ground source heat pump system themselves?
This isn't recommended. Improper installation of a geothermal heat pump can cancel any benefits it can potentially provide. Issues with thermal pipe fusion, proper system design, and purging of air from loops are all better left to experienced professionals.

Need more answers to questions about geothermal heat pump systems?
Comfort By Nature is glad to offer its reliable know-how on proper sizing, installation, and maintenance on all WaterFurnace units. We are proud to be servicing Northern Colorado and it's surrounding regions. We have geothermal heat pumps to fit your specific needs. Contact us today for more information on the options available to you.

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