How a Geothermal Heat Pump Handles HVAC Needs in Cincinnati Homes

by Greg Leisgang on April 30, 2014

Posted in: Geothermal

geothermal heat pumpHomeowners who want the most efficient HVAC system in Cincinnati can turn to geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). These systems provide both heating and cooling at a lower cost than other kinds of conditioning units. They work by harvesting and depositing heat underground, where temperatures change little throughout the year, unlike above ground, where temperature swings are wide.

A GHP works like other heat pumps, but it uses an underground loop field that serves as the source for heat in the winter and a depository for heat in the summer. The loops connect to the indoor heat pump, which houses an evaporator coil and a blower motor that distributes the conditioned air through the ductwork. 

Besides lowering conditioning costs, these types of HVAC systems in Cincinnati offer these benefits:

  • Durability - The loop field typically carries a warranty of 50 years. The indoor components can last 25 years or more with routine maintenance. Since there's no exposure to the weather, the parts last longer. 
  • Quiet - These systems don't use an outdoor condenser, making your home quieter. The indoor fan also runs quietly.
  • Water heating - A GHP equipped with a desuperheater can heat water in the summer and do so partially in the winter. This reduces energy costs, as water heating is the second largest energy expense in the average household after cooling and heating. 
  • Investment payback - Unlike other HVAC systems, a GHP will pay for itself in energy savings fairly quickly
  • Flexible installation - Even homes with small yards can use a GHP by using a vertical loop field instead of a horizontal one. 

For more information about this type of HVAC system for Cincinnati, contact JonLe Heating & Cooling. We've provided HVAC services for homeowners in greater Cincinnati since 1959. 

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