The temperature throughout the year will always vary no matter what climate. For some climates, that means hot summers that fade to ice-cold winters, and the Chicagoland area is no exception. What most people do not realize is that the temperature underground (regardless of climate or season) stays pretty consistent year round.
The ground is able to sustain a higher rate of temperature consistency because it absorbs 47% of the suns energy (heat) as it impacts the Earth's surface. WaterFurnace geothermal systems are able to tap into this free energy with an earth loop. This technology is then utilized to provide your home or office with central heating and cooling.
During the heating cycle, a WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump uses the earth loop to draw heat from the ground. As the system pulls heat from the loop it circulates it through a conventional duct system as warm air. The same heat energy can also be utilized for a radiant floor system or domestic hot water heating.
The heating process is reversed in the cooling mode - creating cool, conditioned air all through the home. Instead of extracting heat from the ground, heat is taken from the air in your home, and either moved back into the earth loop, or used to preheat the water in your hot water tank.
For more information on how to get started with a geothermal system in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area, contact Hollaway-Meyers Inc. Start saving on your energy bills today.