Geothermal heating and cooling systems are a “green energy” which uses the earth as a heat source and as a “heat sink” – something that absorbs and disperses heat from another object using thermal contact. A series of pipes, commonly called a “loop”, carry a fluid used to connect the system’s geothermal heat pump to the earth. Most commonly, the loops contain water or a water and antifreeze mixture. The technical term for this part of the system is “ground heat exchanger”.
Heating and Cooling:
Geothermal Energy as a Fuel Supply
In heating mode, geothermal heat pumps extract heat from the fluid in the earth connection and distribute it to the home or building, typically through a system of air ducts. Cooler air from the building is returned to the geothermal heat pumps, where it cools the fluid flowing to the earth connection. The fluid is then re-warmed as it flows through the earth connection.
In cooling mode, the relatively cool fluid from the earth connection absorbs heat from the building and transfers it to the ground.
Connecticut Wells Can Help!
Connecticut Wells offers all the exterior aspects of a geothermal system installation: drilling, looping, grouting and tie-in. Connecticut Wells does not typically offer the excavation (digging of the trenches).
For more information on our specific geothermal services: What We Do
For more information on installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in your home: Getting Started