Have you been a victim of the flu this fall or winter? There has been a lot of sickness going around and the flu this year has been one of the strongest strains in a while. Even if you got a flu shot, there are so many strains of viruses going around that you have likely succumbed to the sickness at least once. Did you know that there are three great products that help create better air quality indoors? This translates to a healthier home environment that can stop the spreading of illness and germs. We’ve listed some more info on each of these products below.
Say goodbye to ineffective thermostats in your home! The new Côr™ thermostat by Carrier is a revolutionary way to control your home’s comfort and it also has the ability to save an average of 20% on heating and cooling energy costs. * This awesome thermostat has wireless connectivity and is flexible enough to work with almost any brand of home heating and cooling system. If you have an older or outdated thermostat that isn’t working at its peak anymore, this isn’t just a regular upgrade. It can revolutionize a lot – it allows for greater control over the temperature of your home with just a touch of a finger. Program it to your smartphone through the app feature and take advantage of energy reports and other customized savings tips that are helpful.
What is a geothermal heat pump?
A geothermal or “ground-source” heat pump is an electrically powered device that uses the natural heat storage ability of the earth and/or the earth’s groundwater to heat and cool your home or business.
How does it work?
Like any type of heat pump, it simply moves heat energy from one place to another. Your refrigerator works using the same scientific principle. By using refrigeration, the geothermal heat pump removes heat energy stored in the earth and/or the earth’s groundwater and transfers it to the home.
How is heat transferred between the Earth and the home?
The earth has the ability to absorb and store heat energy. To use that stored energy, heat is extracted from the earth through a liquid medium (water or an anti-freeze solution) and is pumped to the heat pump heat exchanger. There, the heat is used to heat your home. In summer the process is reversed and indoor heat is extracted from your home and transferred to the earth through the liquid.
You mentioned heating & cooling. Does it do both?
One of the things that makes a heat pump so versatile is its ability to be a heating and cooling system in one. A geothermal heat pump can also assist in heating hot water year-round.
Do I need separate ground loops for heating & cooling?
No. The same loop works for both. All that happens when changing from heating to cooling, or vise versa, is that the flow of heat is reversed inside the unit.
Does a contractor need special certification for Geothermal Energy Applications?
Specialty Heating & Cooling, Inc. is IGSHPA Certified. This provides assurance to our customers that all systems comply with state and federal regulations for installation of the systems and the piping.
Happy New Year! Have you made some resolutions this year? If saving money is on your list of things to do this year, we can help! And if you’re in need of a new heating or cooling system, we have a variety of options and have heating & cooling systems that fit all budgets. The best part: there are rebates and incentives for 2015 that can help offset the cost and save you money in the long run. Some of our featured products include: