Will Geothermal Cooling Work for my Kirkwood Home?

“Geo” means earth and “thermal” means heat. So “geothermal” signifies earth heat. But geothermal technology can also be used for cooling, and it’s not difficult to translate into your Kirkwood home. Let’s take a look at geothermal cooling as an alternative to traditional air conditioning.

How Geothermal Cooling Works

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Even on a barefoot Kirkwood summer night, the earth’s surface may not feel cool. But the temperature beginning at four to six feet below the surface remains constant year round. The earth at this depth is relatively colder than the surface in the Kirkwood summers.

Of course, you’re not going to move underground to stay cool. Instead, geothermal cooling allows you to harness the earth as a free heat sink and condition the air in your home.

The traditional way to cool your home is producing cold air from the evaporation and condensing cycle of an air conditioning unit, which consumes high amounts of electricity. The alternative way is removing the heat from your home through the action of a geothermal heat pump.

geothermal heat pump is the middleperson between the ductwork of your home and the water-based fluid solution flowing through underground piping. The piping is a series of horizontal or vertical closed loops in the earth. The fluid transfers your home’s heat to the earth, and the heat pump returns it to complete a cycle.

The Benefit of Geothermal Cooling

The amount of electricity consumed by an efficient geothermal heat pump is less than traditional air conditioning. In addition, heat pumps are quiet unlike the typical condensing unit outside your home. The few mechanical parts of a heat pump and its indoor location limits wear and allows for easy service.

Expect at least a 20-year life from your geothermal heat pump and about a five-year return on investment including many tax incentives and rebates. You’ll save money and energy while you reduce your environmental footprint.

Call Hoffmann Brothers at (314) 664-3011 for a free estimate on your geothermal cooling application or request a bid through our online form. Our qualified contractors have over 20 years of experience installing this practical but innovative technology in Kirkwood, MO homes.

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