What is Geothermal Heating and Cooling?

No matter what climate you live in, the temperature throughout the year varies. For some climates that means blazing summers that cool to frigid winters. What many people don’t realize is that the temperature below ground (regardless of climate or season) stays fairly consistent all year.

The ground is able to maintain a higher rate of temperature consistency because it absorbs 47% of the suns energy (heat) as it hits the Earth’s surface. WaterFurnace geothermal systems are able to tap into this free energy with an earth loop. This technology is then used to provide your home or office with central heating and cooling.

Geothermal Tax Credit

The Waterfurnace Geothermal Tax Credit will Disappear at the end of 2016.


Geothermal Heating

During the heating cycle, a WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump uses the earth loop to extract heat from the ground. As the system pulls heat from the loop it distributes it through a conventional duct system as warm air. The same heat energy can also be used for a radiant floor system or domestic hot water heating.

Geothermal Cooling

In the cooling mode, the heating process is reversed – creating cool, conditioned air throughout the home. Instead of extracting heat from the ground, heat is extracted from the air in your home and either moved back into the earth loop, or used to preheat the water in your hot water tank.

Geothermal vs. Geoexchange: what’s in a name?

Geothermal energy has been used to heat and air condition buildings for several decades, and during that time these geothermal systems have been called many different things. Some of the more popular variations include geo-thermal, geoexchange, ground-water, ground-water assisted, ground-water-source, water-to-water, and even our company name, water furnace heating and cooling.

Geothermal Design Services from Ray’s Heating & Air

Proper design is the foundation of any effective geothermal system. We have the knowledge and uses state-of-the-art tools to perform a comprehensive analysis for the design of every system we install. These services include:

  • Loop Field Design
  • Unit Sizing for Optimal Efficiency
  • Air Flow calculations to ensure that each room has the proper amount of heating or cooling
  • Load Calculations for proper sizing and installation

Benefits of Geothermal

WaterFurnace geothermal systems are among the most efficient, energy saving, environmentally conscience heat pumps you can purchase. They are a natural heat pump that will give you years of reliable, safe home comfort at a low cost.

  • Lower Operating Cost

    A WaterFurnace geothermal system operates more efficiently than ordinary heating and air conditioning systems because it can deliver an astounding five units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. By combining stored earth energy with safe electric power, many WaterFurnace owners realize savings up to 70% for heating, cooling, and hot water.

  • Enhanced Comfort

    Our geothermal systems provide precise distribution of comfortable air all year long, eliminating hot spots and cold spots. During heating, you’ll experience warm air without the hot blasts associated with ordinary gas furnaces, or the cooler air of an air source heat pump. Additionally, when cooling, our geothermal sytems deliver cool, dehumidified air.

  • Quiet

    Unlike ordinary air conditioners or heat pumps, there is no noisy outdoor unit to disturb your outdoor environment or your neighbors. WaterFurnace geothermal systems are designed and constructed for “whisper quiet” operation, similar to your refrigerator.

  • Reliable

    Unlike air conditioners and heat pumps, geothermal systems are installed indoors (like your refrigerator), so they are not subject to wear and tear caused by rain, snow, ice, debris, extreme temperatures or vandalism. Geothermal systems have proven to be very reliable and require less maintenance.

  • Environmentally Friendly

    According to the Department of Energy and the EPA, geothermal systems are the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home. Our systems emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gasses, which are considered to be major contributors to environmental air pollution. They are truly a natural, green heat pump.

Geothermal is our Specialty – but we do it all

Heating and air conditioning is our business. While we specialize in geothermal heat pumps, we provide sales and service of conventional heating and air conditioning systems. In addition, we offer emergency service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Gas Furnaces
  • Heat Pumps
  • Electric Furnaces
  • Air Conditioners
  • Oil Furnaces
  • Air Cleaners
  • We Service Most Brands – schedule service