Ground Source heating and cooling systems, often referred to as “Geothermal systems," operate by using the earth's relatively constant temperature to provide heating, cooling, and hot water. Rather than generating thermal energy, a ground source system utilizes a ground source heat pump (GSHP) to transfer energy between the building and the earth. In the heating mode, the system uses a loop of fluid-filled underground pipes which absorb the heat energy in the ground and carry it to the GSHP. The heat pump compresses the heat to a higher temperature and distributes it throughout the building. The same GSHP will reverse this cycle during the cooling season to provide air conditioning. The system removes heat and humidity from the air and transfers and deposits that heat back into the earth through the same loop system.
The EPA recommends geothermal systems as the most energy efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective systems available. There are approximately 50,000 geothermal heat pumps installed in the United States each year.
Many W.S. Cumby projects feature Geothermal Wells as part of our commitment to sustainability.
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