Geothermal & Air-Source Heat Pumps
Not all heat pumps are created equal – geothermal and air source heat pumps differ greatly in the way they provide heat to your Boise home or office.
Here, you can take a look at some of the ways that geothermal and air source heating systems differ, along with some of their similarities.
Air Source Heat Pumps
An air source heat pump works by exchanging hot and cold air in a closed system similar to a refrigerator; air source heat pumps are common fixtures on homes and can often extract useful heat from temperatures as low as five degrees Fahrenheit.
With their ubiquity and relatively high level of efficiency compared with electric space heaters comes a low need for maintenance: air source heat pumps can function for ten to twenty years at times with minimal maintenance.
It is a good idea, though, to keep an eye on the state of your air source heat pump – a failing heat pump can be a very serious issue in the cold winter months.
Geothermal heating makes use of a different set of systems than standard air source heat pumps. Geothermal heating works with pipes placed deep underground that bring up heat from far below the surface level; as you go deeper underground, the Earth’s natural heat stays relatively constant even in colder air temperatures.
Geothermal heating can be an extremely efficient form of heating, since it makes use of naturally occurring processes with minimal outside input.
It is, however, more uncommon than air source heat pumps, making installation and maintenance less easy to find than other more standardized systems.
Both air source heat pumps and geothermal heating can keep a space warm more efficiently than other heating methods, such as electric space heaters, and can keep functioning even in extremely cold air temperatures.
While their individual methods and energy costs differ, both make use of the heat naturally present in either the air around us or the ground beneath us, transforming that heat to a noticeably raised temperature indoors.
No matter which system you end up using, have a qualified technician check up on your heating system before the worst of the winter months. This will help you stay ahead of the curve when it comes to potential issues or failures of the system, saving you time and money – and keeping your Boise home warm in the process.
Find out more info about the differences of geothermal and air source heat pumps in your Boise, ID home. Call Right Now Heating and Air at (208) 939-4475 today, to get more insight on this topic.
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