Geothermal Basics for Portland, OR

Total Energy Concepts is committed to bringing you the information that you need to make a smart decision when it comes to the right heating and cooling system. Knowing the available options makes all the difference. The first part in a five part series, this article will go over the basics of a geothermal solution.
 
So, how does a geothermal system keep your house warm during the winter and cool during the summer? It’s all about making the most out of the oft-forgotten energy that can be discovered under your feet. The temperature of the earth a few feet below the surface in Portland, OR stays pretty the same all year long. The unit makes use of this constant temperature by using a loop system to move the warmer temperature from the ground and move it to the home during colder months, and pushing the warmer air from the home and dispersing it in the ground during the warmer months.
 
A WaterFurnace geothermal system doesn’t use fossil fuels to create its conditioning. It uses the heat that is stored in the ground without contributing any carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or any other air pollutants to the environment. The only electricity that a geothermal unit will consume is the electricity that it takes to operate the fans, compressor, and pump. All of this lends itself to a lean, clean-running, energy efficient heating and cooling system.
 
Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) and Coefficient of Performance (COP) are ratings on how efficient your potential Portland, OR geothermal system will cool and heat your home, respectively. WaterFurnace geothermal systems retain the highest ratings on the market today. With our Envision series, it leads the pack. This geothermal pump boasts an impressive 30 EER and a 5.1 COP. That’s conditioning that will definitely save you cash.
 
To learn more on the basics of geothermal heating and cooling systems, please contact Total Energy Concepts. We possess vast experience with proper sizing and installation of geothermal heat pumps. We’re sure that we can do the same for you. Stay tuned for part two of our series on geothermal systems: Geothermal Heat Pumps.