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While temperatures above ground change a lot from day to day and season to season, temperatures in the upper 10 feet of the Earth's surface hold nearly constant between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. For most areas, this means that soil temperatures are usually warmer than the air in winter and cooler than the air in summer. Geothermal heat pumps use the Earth's constant temperatures to heat and cool buildings. They transfer heat from the ground (or water) into buildings in winter and reverse the process in the summer.

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How can you use geothermal power?

geothermal power allows heat pumps to heat & cool buildings.

Why isn't Canada using geothermal energy?

Canada uses geothermal energy it is called Geothermal heat pumps.

What are some advantages of geothermal heat pumps?

Some advantages for using geothermal heat pumps are that unlike other heating pumps, geothermal uses less electricity and even provides heated water. Their design is so flexible that you could install them in new and retrofit situations.

Understanding The Geothermal Heat Pump?

Conventional heat pumps heat homes and buildings by extracting heat from the outside air. In summer months, heat pumps function as air conditioners by reversing the process. Unfortunately, heat pumps are trying to provide heat when the air is coldest outside and to cool when the air is hottest. Thus, in very cold and very hot weather, conventional heat pumps do not operate efficiently.The Geothermal Heat PumpGeothermal heat pumps offer another solution to heat and cool homes and commercial buildings. Instead of exchanging heat with air, these heat pumps exchange heat with the ground or a source of water. This gives geothermal heat pumps a significant efficiency advantage over conventional heat pumps because the ground and water sources are more thermally inert than air. What this means is that the ground below the frost line and bodies of water do not change temperature much no matter what the season. So geothermal heat pumps do not have to work as hard to heat in the winter and cool in the summer as conventional heat pumps do. Consequently, they use significantly less electricity than conventional heat pumps and have less need for auxiliary heating sources. There are two types of geothermal heat pumps. The closed system uses a mix of water and antifreeze that flows through pipes buried in the ground or submerged in a large body of water such as a pond or lake. The open loop system pumps water from a well, pond, or lake through the heat pump and then pumps the water back to the source or to a drainage ditch.Factors to ConsiderGeothermal heat pumps are more efficient than conventional heat pumps, but that efficiency advantage varies greatly. A consumer may see as little as a 20% gain over his current energy source, or he may see in excess of 60% gains in efficiency. Factors such as the local geology, availability of a water source, the type of geothermal heat pump installed, and the cost of the type of energy currently used impact the efficiency gains. Geothermal heat pumps also cost twice as much or more than conventional heat pumps to purchase and install. However, they cost less to maintain and usually have a longer lifespan than conventional heat pumps. Home and business owners should do significant research and seek expert assistance before determining which type of heat pump is right for them.

Can Geothermal pumps be used for cooling?

Yes.The term geothermal heat pump is not the same thing as geothermal energy from hot springs. Here, it means a transfer of heat from the ground (in the winter) or to the ground (in the summer).

Are geothermal heat pumps expensive to fix?

Yes the geothermal are expensive to fix because they have to use the same process of installing it at first

Can you give some examples of geothermal energy?

Geysers and hot springs are a natural example of geothermal energy. - In addition, geothermal energy is now a lot more common in homes and businesses, using geothermal heat pumps to cool and heat the building.

What is needed in order to produce geothermal energy?

You need a Contractor that can install Geothermal Heat Pumps. Egg Systems is fully qualified to install Geothermal Heat Pumps. Egg Systems is the LEADER in Geothermal Air Conditioning for over 19 years! And right now you can get up to a 30% TAX Credit on your Air Conditioning System! For more information about Geothermal Energy and Egg Systems visit

Geothermal heat pumps can heat homes by?

By using the ground as the source for heat, much like an airsource heat pump uses air to remove the heat from the air on a cold day a geothermal system using the more consistent earth as the source for pulling heat out of the ground to heat your home in the winter and cool your home in the summer. The earths more consistent temperatures allow the system to work better than an air source system and in general the Geothermal system is more effiencent than any other type of heating used in homes.

Electric Heat Pumps for Homes?

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How is geothermal power different than geothermal heat pumps used in individual homes or businesses?

geothermal power requires a natural active heat source(e.g. hot springs, geysers) to run steam turbines to generate electricitygeothermal heat pump systems are heat storage systems: heat is pumped from the air conditioner in the summer to warm up soil underground, heat is pumped from the warm soil underground in the winter to heat the building

Is geothermal energy efficient?

Geothermal heat pumps boast a high energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective systems for temperature control. If you have any question of geothermal energy you should visit and do some research. It's never been a better time to invest in living green!

What are geothermal heat pumps?

A better way to heat and cool your home - but it may be expensive in the git go. Heat pumps have a problem heating with temperatures below 35 degrees. They can't provide heat if it is below 35 degrees outside. Pipes are laid under ground to use the 55 degree amibent heat there and the heater with 55 degree coolant, the heat is extacted by the heatpump to warm your house. They can also work in the reverse to cool homes. Acting similar to a refrigerator, heat pumps can draw heat from the home and transfer it into the ground and tamp into the cooler ground temperature.

Where is geothermal energy used?

Geothermal energy is used a lot in the Philippines, Italy, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Japan and China. Aside from large-scale uses such as in Iceland and in big power plants, geothermal energy can be tapped into in smaller levels using heat pumps to cool and heat homes. Because of this, any home can tap into the free energy source it's built upon.

What do air to air heat pumps have that standard air conditioners do not?

Heat pumps have the ability to heat your home in the winter, standard ac just cools in the summer.

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How is geothermal energy being used?

Currently, geothermal energy is gaining popularity as an energy source to cool and heat homes throughout the US. There are many different techniques and methods, but it is basically utilizing the technology of heat pumps drilled into the ground to tap into the more stable temperatures. In winter heat from the earth is transferred to building, while in summer it can transfer heat from the home into the ground (acting much like a refrigerator).

Why buy a heat pump to cool your home?

Heat pumps are an economical way to provide clean heating AND cooling of a home.

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Geothermal heating cooling?

Geothermal Technology can heat AND cool your home. Because the Earth is at a constant temperature of 72 degrees it is warm enough to warm your home and cool enough to cool your home. To learn more about Geothermal Heating and Cooling visit

Who invented the geothermal heat pump?

Jose Vallejo invented the Geothermal Heat pump

Do geothermal collectors transform energy from the sun?

No. Geothermal means heat from the earth. If something is collecting heat from the sun, that is not geothermal energy.

What are some renewable forms of energy?

photovoltaics, wind energy, geothermal heat pumps

Define energy resources?

Coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, geothermal, tidal, ocean waves, biomass, wind, solar, hydro, heat pumps.

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