The 5 facts to consider when opting for geothemal

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For many years now, geothermal systems have kept the promise of saving significant amounts of energy. The biggest obstacle has traditionally been the upfront cost. Let’s look at five features that may help you in the all-important decision making process. #1 – Works “magically” like a fridge How many people can actually explain how their refrigerator removes heat from…

Geothermal heat pumps making a difference

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Tweet   Lessons learned from our neighbors to the south… Below is an article that demonstrates the power of GSHP’s if & when they are deployed on a larger scale than ever before.  We still have much to learn from our best & most trusted allies.  Is Canada ever going to use the 30% tax…

Home Automation for geothermal heat pumps

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Tweet     Consumers may be more familiar with names like Nest, Hue, Belkin & Prestige when it comes to home automation but the WaterFurnace Symphony Web-Enabled Home Comfort Platform is setting the standard for our industry. Unlike many other smart thermostats, Symphony ties into the Aurora control board to provide a much deeper level…

Three Most Common Mistakes Made by Geothermal Designers

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Tweet   Working in the ground source heat pump (GSHP) industry, you will find yourself answering the same questions with each new customer. Get used to it. If you work in the industry long enough, you will be asked every question under the sun. How will this system heat my home when the soil temperatures…

Can a geothermal system be profitable?

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Tweet   Case study… It seems miraculous: a source of free energy! During winter, heat your home by drawing heat from the ground. During summer, cool your home and remove excess humidity. This can save you up to 70% of standard electric heating costs.   How does it work? Geothermal systems take advantage of the…

The Heat pump “battle” carries on… Air Source versus Ground Source

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Tweet   Variable speed compressor technology is not restricted to geothermal heat pumps. It had first found its way into what are often considered ground source’s poor cousins: air source heat pumps (ASHP). Both types of heat pumps use a refrigeration cycle to draw heat from the outside in winter to heat a building, and…

Designing Your Horizontal Closed Earth Loop

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Tweet   A geothermal heat pump’s earth loop installation is not just a matter of burying some pipes and hooking these pipes to your geothermal heat pump. Your earth loop must be matched to the home, and the geothermal heat pump, that it is coupled to. So, the first step in sizing an earth loop…

Thinking outside of the geothermal box

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Tweet   The geothermal industry is in full transition. We are still feeling the effects  of the end of subsidies in Canada – especially in the residential sector. New factors could create substantial opportunities, with possible concerted efforts between the government, businesses and municipalities; this industry is poised to become an important economic generator in…

Let’s demystify Geothermal Heating & Cooling

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Tweet   This is the beginning of a blog where geothermal heating & cooling matters most, above but not beyond other renewables, where quality installations will be showcased and where people can share their thoughts & opinions related to the HVAC industry. Geothermal Heat Pump Systems (GHPS) could potentially reduce the amount of energy used…