Are you considering upgrading to geothermal heating and cooling equipment? Usually, geothermal systems are distinguished by the type of underground loop that exchanges heat with the ground. Here’s what you need to know about the advantages and drawbacks of the various types of geothermal systems in Peoria, IL.
A horizontal loop is buried relatively shallow underground, usually about six to 10 feet deep. Because there isn’t a whole lot of excavation required, horizontal loops are the most affordable configuration. However, and because they are relatively shallow, they can lose some efficiency in very hot or very cold weather. Because of the space requirements to accommodate the width of the loop, horizontal loops are typically recommended for residential projects in suburban or rural areas.
A vertical loop is buried straight underground, often 50 feet deep or more. Installing a vertical loop requires a lot of excavation, which drives up the cost of installation. However, once you have the loop in place, the geothermal HVAC system will be highly efficient even in very hot or cold weather. Vertical loops are also more space-efficient, which means they’re preferred in urban and commercial settings where there is no room for a horizontal loop.
If you have a pond or other significant water feature on your property, you may be able to use a pond/lake loop configuration. These loops work by exchanging heat with the water instead of the earth. Depending on the depth of the water feature, this kind of loop is potentially the most efficient geothermal HVAC systems of all; however, if the water is shallow, they can become sensitive to temperature changes, much like a horizontal loop.
When you’re considering making a major investment in your home heating and cooling equipment, you need to take the time to make sure the job is done right. To learn more, check out Custom Air Company’s HVAC services online or call (309) 518-1196.