Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Geothermal’ Category

Yes, We Install Geothermal Systems!

Monday, November 28th, 2016

When it comes to choosing either a cooling or a heating system for your home, we know that you have many options to choose from. With the advancement and improvement of technology, one heating system that has become increasingly popular is the geothermal heat pump.

Before you dismiss the geothermal system as something that won’t work for your home, you can take our word that a geothermal system can work for almost any type of home. Keep reading to learn more about why you should consider this system for your next home comfort installation.

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Does Your Geothermal System Need Repair?

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Many homeowners choose a geothermal HVAC system to heat and cool their home for its level of energy-efficiency and durability, which few other climate control systems can offer. Geothermal underground pipes are capable of enduring up to 50 years of use, and the steady temperature of the earth means that cooling and heating power remains stable no matter the temperature of the air outside.

Geothermal systems require much fewer repairs than other types of heating and cooling systems, particularly if you have your system maintained on a regular basis. However, just like any other system, a geothermal system is not indestructible. No matter how well taken care of your system is, it may still need repairs at some point or another. Keep reading to learn some of the signs to watch out for that your system may need repairs.

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Using a Geothermal Heat Pump for Cooling

Monday, July 27th, 2015

We’ve posted a lot about the advantages of using a heat pump to cool your home. While a heat pump is one of the best options for home climate control, there is not just one type of heat pump. One of the types that are not discussed as frequently are geothermal heat pumps. These are one of the best heat pump types for actually cooling your home, and are among the most energy efficient climate control systems in existence. Let’s take a closer look at how using a geothermal system can benefit you.

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Can Geothermal Systems Work With Any Home?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Geothermal systems are probably one of the most efficient systems on the market. They use the endless and free energy of the earth to provide heating and cooling for your home. However, because of how they work, they require certain accommodations that not all homes can provide. Here at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer total geothermal installation, repair, maintenance and replacement. We wanted to let our customers know about some of the limitations that geothermal systems have.

Call us today if you have any questions or if you need heating service in Winnetka, IL.

A Look at How Geothermal Systems Work

If you dig down into the ground, the temperature there will be about 55° F all year long—no matter what temperature the air is above ground. Geothermal systems use that temperature consistency to provide both heating and cooling. However, in order to do that, geothermal systems need a long series of pipes that are filled with refrigerant and buried in the ground. This is referred to as the ground loop. In heating mode, the geothermal system will use the pipes to absorb heat and bring it into your home. In cooling mode, the unit will absorb heat out of your home and exhaust it into the ground.

So while geothermal systems are very efficient, your home must have enough space to accommodate the long series of pipes buried in the ground. Typically, the ground loop is installed horizontally. However, for homes that have less space, the ground loop can be installed vertically.

If you have any questions or if you’re ready to have one of our technicians visit your home to talk with you about the possibility of a geothermal system, then call the Winnetka, IL geothermal system experts at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning.

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How Do Geothermal Systems Work?

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Geothermal systems are one of the most exciting home comfort options available today. Using the natural power of the earth, they provide clean, efficient energy that creates zero greenhouse gases or ozone-depleting product. They also run with a minimum of noise pollution and offer year-round dependability because they rely on the steady temperature of the earth. And even though they can have high installation costs, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that with their energy-efficient performance, they pay for themselves in only 5 to 10 years.

Our customers frequently ask us how geothermal systems operate. “How can I get both heating and cooling from the ground?” Yes, it does sound a bit strange—but geothermal heat pumps aren’t as complicated as you might imagine. We’ll try to give you a succinct answer to the common queries about the operation of geothermal heat pumps.

If you are interested in getting a geothermal system in Evanston, IL, contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning.

We’ve been around since 1904, so we were already hard at work heating and cooling homes when geothermal systems were first developed.

Geothermal Heat Pumps 101

A geothermal heat pump works similarly to a standard heat pump: it moves heat from one place and puts it in another; i.e. “heat exchange.” However, a geothermal heat pump uses the earth as its heat exchange medium instead of the outside air. It takes heat from the earth and moves it indoors during the winter, and reverses the process in the summer. Because the temperature of the earth remains at a steady 55°F only 10 feet below the surface, no matter the season, a geothermal heat pump always has the right temperature from which to work.

To move the heat, a geothermal system uses loops of plastic tubes or copper pipes buried in trenches beneath your property. An antifreeze solution or refrigerant passes through these loops to transfer the heat from the ground up into your home. Changing the direction of the flow of the heat exchange solution also reverses the process and moves heat from your home and puts in into the ground, giving you a cooler indoor temperature. Because geothermal systems require extensive trench-digging and intricate connections, installing them isn’t something you should entrust to amateurs. If you want to receive the superior benefits of a geothermal system, you need to have it installed professionally.

Call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning for heating service in Evanston, IL: we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and also a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty.

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