Fads come and go, and many of them are not worth half the attention they get (fidget spinners, we’re looking at you). But many homeowners in Greensboro, North Carolina, have been talking about geothermal heat pumps for years, and you’re starting to wonder if it’s worth all the buzz.

We’re here to tell you that geothermal heating and cooling is one fad that isn’t going away. Thanks to its unique heat exchange system, geothermal heat pumps help the environment while cutting energy costs. Here’s what you need to know.

How Does a Geothermal Heat Pump Work?

Geothermal heat pumps are generating so much buzz because of what sets them apart from other HVAC systems. A central, forced-air heating and cooling system requires both a furnace and air conditioner to maintain comfort in both hot and cold seasons. These systems work well when well-maintained, but they often cost more to operate than other types of systems.

Heat pumps, on the other hand, can both heat and cool your home with a single unit. Unlike standard central heating and cooling units that produce their own heat or coolness, heat pumps exchange heat with another source and are able to both release and absorb that heat. Many heat pumps exchange heat with the air. However, geothermal heat pumps trade with the earth, which tends to be a much more efficient source, since the ground remains a relatively constant temperature year-round.

What Makes Geothermal Worth the Buzz?

Does it really make that big of a difference to exchange heat rather than produce it? Yes. The heat pump process, especially that of a geothermal heat pump, consumes far less power than a standard HVAC system. Thanks to that energy efficiency, a geothermal heat pump cuts homeowners’ utility bills. These systems also produce fewer emissions, making them friendlier to the environment.

Some things may not be worth the attention they get, but geothermal heat pumps have earned their buzz. To see the benefits of a geothermal system for yourself, call Air Treatment Heating and Air Conditioning at 336-790-3206.

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