The fall season is officially here, and the heating season has either begun, or is expected to begin soon for most homes, offices, and other facilities. One alternative to conventional heating is using the geothermal energy. This method has multiple advantages over conventional heating systems, ranging from environmental to financial. “Geothermal heating and cooling is the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning system available, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Here is how the geothermal heating method works. Just below the frost line, which is about six feet in Minnesota, the temperature reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. “Heat can be taken from the ground and transferred into your home and be distributed by an in floor radiant heating or a forced air sytem [sic] during the winter. In the summer, heat will be removed from your home and transferred back into the ground.” Tubing must be installed into the ground, and there are multiple methods for installation. The method is versatile and can be installed near private homes as well as apartment buildings, urban areas as well as rural ones, areas with limited spaces, trees, private ponds or lakes, near wells, rivers, or drain fields.
There are numerous advantages to using the geothermal heating method. They include lower electricity consumption than conventional heating and cooling systems, higher efficiency (up to 300-600%), lower emissions, smaller space requirements, and less noise. Geothermal energy is renewable and non-polluting, can provide both heating and cooling, does not produce gas leaks (which could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning), and is being used to remove 1.5 metric tons of carbon emissions each year. Not only that, geothermal energy can significantly reduce costs of operation. “Even in the coldest Minnesota or Wisconsin climates, geothermal heat pumps (GHP) offer cost savings, durability, low maintenance, year-round comfort and more. Geothermal heat pumps save money in operating and maintenance costs. The initial price of a residential GHP system is often higher than more conventional systems. But because of the efficiency [sic], your monthly costs can be dramatically lowered – as much as 60-70%!” One company providing geothermal heating and cooling services in Minnesota is the Strandlund Refrigeration Heating, located on Highway 65, in Mora, MN, less than two hours away from the Twin Cities.
In conclusion, geothermal heating is a form of renewable, non-polluting energy, which allows for both heating and cooling. It requires tubing installed into the ground, which can be done in most locales. Using geothermal energy is both cheaper and more environmentally friendly than conventional heating and cooling sources.