Here’s How Geothermal Energy Can Replace Conventional Heating And Cooling System In Every Home

The positive effects of using geothermal energy to power homes

People used hot springs for bathing and cooking food way back thousands of years ago. Today, hot springs are commonly used by spas and saunas for a more blissful experience. But with the breakthrough in technology, there are now more sophisticated ways of using this geothermal resource.

Proposed and developed by Wesbild, Whitetail is the first project that has been brought to the market with a goal to offer 100 percent pure geothermal energy which is good for the planet.

Fast Facts about Geothermal

Installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in a typical home helps to reduce the effects of greenhouse gases emission to the ozone layer. Using geothermal energy has the same and equal effect as planting an acre of trees or taking cars that emit smoke off the road.

Heating and cooling cost using a geothermal system can be reduced by 30 percent to 60 percent – as it conserves people’s consumption of electricity.

How Geothermal Technology Works

In modern systems, a well is drilled into a geothermal reservoir to provide a steady stream of hot water. A mechanical system will process the water through a pipe, then a heat exchanger and controls will deliver the heat to its intended use. A disposal system then disposes the cooled water underground or on the surface.

Installing a geothermal system will use the heat stored in the earth’s core to warm your home and eventually return this heat to the Earth again to cool certain places.

Where does Geothermal Energy Come From

The earth is a vast solar ‘battery,’ the ultimate reliable and renewable resource. Solar energy stored in the earth partly fuels a geothermal system, and it also uses heat radiated from the earth’s hot inner core.

The center of the earth, according to researches, is incredibly hot with up to 5,000 degree Celsius. The heat which comes from the sun and the center of the earth combined. The combination of heat from the sun and the center of the earth maintains a below-ground temperature that is relatively endless throughout the year. Also, it is a natural law that heat flows from a warmer place to a cooler place which explains the process between the heating and cooling of the earth’s temperature.

Three ways to store geothermal energy

The Ground Loop is a series of long plastic pipe buried below the earth’s surface which filled with circulating fluid that transports heat between the earth and the heat pump. For most big companies, the most common ground loop they use is the Vertical Closed Loop which is installed by drilling boreholes often 200 to 400 feet deep, then inserting fusion welded polyethylene pipe. The fluid is said to circulate through the pipes, absorbing the heat from the surrounding during winter and spreading heat during summer.

On the other hand, Heat Pump or Refrigerant Loop is a machine that transfers heat between the ground loop and your home which uses mechanical energy to pump heat up the temperature scale. By changing the pressure of the fluid or gas, the machine will pump the heat until it reaches the desired average temperature.

For most homes, there is a system for distributing warm or cool air which is called The In-home Loop. This system allows a machine to spread warm or cool air throughout your home and can also be used to heat your water tank, swimming pool, and even your hot tub.

Environmental impact of Geothermal energy

With the geothermal system and using the exact kind of loop to withdraw heat, industries and oil companies don’t need to extract, transport, or burn fossil fuels to heat one’s home. According to researches, geothermal systems transfer renewable energy to and from the ground at efficiencies of 300% to 400%. Meaning to say, the system requires reasonably less electricity than traditional electric heating and cooling.

In fact, reducing the reliance on traditional energy sources could also mean a direct and significant reduction in pollution, emissions, and production of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxides.

Impact on Internal Environment

The burning of fossil fuels is very hazardous to man’s health and the environment as a whole. With geothermal systems, it can be the best alternatives for the indoor working and living environment. Compared with fossil fuels, the said systems have none of the risks associated with carbon monoxide or open flames.

Moreover, geothermal systems have provided individuals a safe indoor air quality and are entirely useful for heating and cooling medical/surgical, industrial facilities that may need sterile conditions.

Your new and home friendly G-system

Conventional heating systems typically give off heat between 50 and 75 degree Celsius, much higher than the geothermal system which only delivers normal heat, ranges from 30 to 40 degree Celsius. Based on research, the lower temperature heat from a geothermal unit, which is distributed regularly, will keep the temperature in the home consistent and eliminate hot and cold spots.

Today, geothermal home heating and cooling technology will aid thousands of homes and commercial buildings all over the world. The system is being used in accordance with industry standards and if properly installed, it can provide decades of reliable, sustainable and cost-efficient operation to every home.

About the Author

Reysel Montero
I've been contributing news since 2010, both online and print. Aside from Z6Mag, I manage independent news blogs that provide awareness on a diverse list of topics to every reader.

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