Geothermal systems circulate fluid through the earth and through a coil that either absorbs or dissipates heat, depending on the season.
Simply put, a geothermal system doesn't heat or cool your home by burning fossil fuels or using electricity in the ways you're used to. Instead, it uses electricity to access the near-constant temperatures found deep in the earth. Geothermal works on a very simple principle: no matter what the air temperature is outside, under the surface of the earth, the temperature remains constant. Which means that during the summer, the earth is cooler than the outside air, and during the winter, the earth is warmer than the outside air.
How geothermal systems work
In cold weather, your home is warmed by heat brought in from the earth. During warm weather, your home is cooled by the movement of heat from your home back into the earth. There are four types of geothermal configurations available: Open Loop, Pond Loop, Horizontal Loop and Vertical Loop. Your Trane dealer will help determine which installation works best for your needs.
- Open Loop: Uses existing groundwater as a heat transfer medium.
- Pond Loop: Uses the water in a nearby lake or pond to absorb or gather heat.
- Horizontal Loop: When plenty of space is available, the heat transfer tubes are not as deep, and extend out rather than down.
- Vertical Loop: When space is limited, the heat transfer tubes are sunk straight down into the earth.
Why geothermal makes sense
The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized geothermal systems as one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home. Why is this important? You may not realize it, but heating and cooling can make up more than half of your energy bill. A geothermal system gives you a significant opportunity for savings. In fact, a typical geothermal system operates with such efficiency that it can return up to four dollars of heat for every dollar spent on electricity. Geothermal systems can also be configured to reduce your need for energy to heat the water you use for bathing, laundry and washing dishes. Because it uses the constant temperature of the earth, geothermal is a sustainable, renewable energy source that won't run out.
Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal System
It is a heat pump system that taps into the Earth's free energy year round to provide efficient and cost effective heating and cooling for your home or business.
The benefits of a Trane EnviroWiseTM Geothermal System
- Efficiency: Returning up to four dollars of heat for every one dollar of electricity used.
- Environmental friendliness: Using renewable heat from deep inside the earth, a virtually limitless supply of energy.
- Comfort: Providing consistent, even temperatures every day of the year.
- Reliability: Built with quality materials and true craftsmanship, and backed with robust warranties.
- Flexibility: Four different configurations allow Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems to adapt to any region, in any home.
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Why a Trane EnviroWiseTM Geothermal System is right for your home
- Efficiency, because Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems can return up to four dollars of heat for every one dollar of electricity used.
- Environmental friendliness, because Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems use renewable heat from deep inside the earth, a virtually limitless supply of energy.
- Comfort, because Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems provide consistent, even temperatures every day of the year.
- Reliability, because Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems are built with quality materials and true craftsmanship, and backed with robust warranties.
- Flexibility, because three different configurations allow Trane EnviroWise™ Geothermal Systems to adapt to any region, in any home.
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