Green Building

Proper use of a ground source heat pump

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 14:22

The use of a ground source heat pump can dramatically reduce the heating costs for any family, as a number of homes across the U.S. and Canada are using this technology to limit energy consumption and expenditures.Installation of these devices is common in the summer, when people are looking to prepare for the upcoming winter months and are outfitting their homes with a number of efficient products.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that these systems are being used more and more in the U.S. as a way to harness a free and dependable energy source.According to the news outlet, these systems work like refrigerators in reverse during winter months, as ground source heat pumps (GSHP) gather warmth from the earth and use a compressor in order to provide a source of energy for a house.The GSHP is made of three parts and uses a combination of energy-producing and energy-storing technology. The ground loop gathers heat from the ground, the heat pump moves the fluid through the pipes and the distribution system which helps to bring this warmth throughout a home.The delivery system is where many people see a lack of efficiency emerge, as families without products like a radiant heating system are not able to see the full benefit of using this type of energy source.A radiant heating system helps to distribute the warmth around a house in a more efficient manner, allowing a homeowner to really save when it comes to heating their residence.While other products may still require a significant use of energy to provide warmth, the radiant heating system uses a small amount of energy and an efficient delivery system to limit costs and consumption levels.