Green Equipment Options and ClimateMaster Partner to Educate the General Public on How Geothermal HVAC Works (VIDEO)

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Geothermal HVAC is a renewable method to heat and cool ambient air for residential and commercial buildings.

NOR CAL Distributor for ClimateMaster geothermal equipment

In fact, ClimateMaster geothermal heating and cooling systems are 400-600% efficient and can cut your heating, cooling, and hot water costs by up to 80%. (Source ClimateMaster)

In 1954 was the first write up about geothermal HVAC. The problem was that the engineers just didn’t have the technology to get the heat in the ground into the homes and businesses for ambient temperature control. Later in the 1970’s geothermal heating and cooling started to take hold. This is not new technology, it is a new deployment.

Today several states and many utilities are installing geothermal heating, cooling and hot water systems. Although written about in the 1950’s and starting to take hold in the 1970’s Californians are reluctant to use the ground under our collective feet as a renewable heating and cooling method. There are several reasons for this, but inquire about geothermal in California and several people will not know how to respond. The biggest problem is that people are not aware of what geothermal is and even less are knowledgeable about how it works. This press release should help clear some of that mystery up.

Since the ground absorbs nearly half of the solar energy our planet receives, it’s time we tap that energy for heating and air conditioning. With all of this solar energy soaking into the earth, the earth remains at a constant, moderate temperature just below its surface all year round. However, air temperature varies greatly from summer to winter, making air source (traditional) heating and cooling least efficient when it is needed it the most.

Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of the stable temperature (~55 degrees F.) underground using a piping system, commonly referred to as a “loop.” The water circulates in the loop to exchange heat between the home, the ground source heat pump, and the earth, providing heating, cooling, and hot water at remarkably high efficiencies. In fact, ClimateMaster geothermal heating and cooling systems are 400-600% efficient and can cut heating, cooling, and hot water costs by up to 80%.

Geothermal Heating:
During the winter, ClimateMaster geothermal heating and cooling systems absorb heat stored in the ground through the water that circulates in its underground loop. This heat is carried to the ground source heat pumps where it’s concentrated and then sent as warm, comfortable air throughout the home.

With a regular heat pump when the demand for heat is the highest, the air outside is coldest making it hard for the standard heat pump to work. As a result, a traditional air source heat pump works much harder to extract the amount of heat from the cold air needed to properly heat the home. In contrast, a geothermal system consumes less energy as it easily absorbs heat from the abundant supply stored below ground, making geothermal heating significantly more energy efficient.

Gas furnaces burn natural gas to provide heat for your home and are only 98% efficient, while geothermal systems use significantly less energy collecting heat from the earth, achieving 400-600% efficiencies.

Geothermal Cooling:
During the summer, ClimateMaster geothermal heating and cooling systems absorb heat from your home and transfers it to the underground loop where it is then absorbed by the cooler earth. The geothermal heat pump uses the cool water returning from the earth to create cool, dehumidified air for the home.

When the demand for cooling is high, the outside air is also very hot. A traditional air source heat pump must work hard to force the heat from your home into the already heat saturated air. In contrast, a geothermal heat pump consumes less energy as it easily rejects heat into the cool earth, making geothermal cooling significantly more energy efficient.

The video attached is a good resource to learn about how geothermal works.
ClimateMaster, Inc. is a global engineering, manufacturing, sales and service company specializing in environmental and climate control systems, products and lifecycle support. The corporation’s business units focus on residential, commercial, industrial and institutional markets. They produce, distribute and support a broad range of sophisticated HVAC systems and solutions including hydronic fan coils; water source and geothermal heat pumps; heating and cooling heat pumps; geothermal heating, cooling and air conditioning systems; and large custom air handling systems. ClimateMaster is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Green Equipment Options, Inc. is a wholesale distributor of energy efficient and renewable heating, air conditioning, refrigeration and other applicable products. Our goal is to get many of these innovative products in the hands of building, construction and retrofit professional's hands. Partners Kent Penning, Susan Nichol and John Townsend share a passion to reduce carbon emissions, reduce energy costs and dependence on foreign oil.

HVAC contractors in Northern California or others that want to be more involved in renewable heating and cooling, or perhaps someone is in need of a wholesale water sourced heat pump(s) or other geothermal equipment or parts, contact Green Equipment Options for advice and ordering. Green Equipment Options can be reached at 408.412.8500 or contact: info(at)greenequipmentoptions(dot)com.

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