Materials & Technology

Geothermal heating explained

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:45

The growing number of people across the U.S. who are looking to alternative energy sources to power their homes shows a new commitment to sustainability and green practices. Although some of these families have favored the use of solar panels, others are turning to geothermal systems.

According to the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin, using a geothermal system to provide heat to a residence can help to limit both energy costs and consumption.

"A geothermal system harnesses free energy stored in the earth to provide heating and cooling," Merle Flaming, an owner of a company that installs geothermal systems, told the news source. "Basically we are heating and cooling homes with dirt."

Geothermal systems work by capturing solar energy from the ground, and then dispersing this heat and energy into a house through a series of pipes or tubes.

"For someone looking at needing a new system of any kind anyway, it is a very good option," Flaming told the news source. "The long-term savings and the whole green energy concept are what makes this very attractive."

According to the Gazette-Bulletin, this type of technology works well with radiant heating systems, as this helps to further minimize the energy costs and consumption by delivering the heat in an efficient manner.

A Warmboard radiant heating system helps to maximize on the efficiency of a geothermal system linked to a heating system, as it uses a more efficient delivery network than other types of radiant systems.

Because a Warmboard system uses highly conductive aluminum tubing, the water needed to heat the panels to provide warmth to a residence does not have to be warmed to as high of a temperature as other systems. This means that it will use less energy to achieve the same results, or better.