Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems Term Paper by Master Researcher

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems
A study of geothermal heating and cooling systems for residential homes.
# 36453 | 1,650 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 08, 2003 in Engineering (General) , Geology and Geophysics (General)

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This paper explains the basics of geothermal energy and reveals that while the basic principles of geothermal heating have not changed much in twenty years, the biggest step forward has been in compressor technology. The paper describes how geothermal energy represents the leading edge of home heating and cooling technology and relates that compared to ordinary systems, geothermal technology can save 30% to 60% on a monthly energy bill. The paper also discusses other benefits of geothermal heat pumps.

From the Paper:

"The typical geothermal system is a ground-source heat pump that cycles water through an underground piping loop. The water piped through this loop uses soil temperature to warm or cool the heat pump' s refrigerant. Significantly, the heat pump is located indoors, like a furnace, which provides advantages we'll get to shortly. While this equipment may sound exotic, its operation is fairly easy to understand when compared to that of conventional air-to-air heat pumps. A conventional heat pump is really just a central air conditioner that can reverse the flow of its refrigerant. The compressor is located outside the home, and, in the heating mode, it's able to extract some of the heat present in cold, outdoor air and deliver it indoors to a condensing coil. Unlike conventional furnaces, heat pumps don't have to create heat, they just harvest existing heat-- and therein lie the savings."

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