How Geothermal Works We all know that Knoxville homes are acceptable to varying temperatures throughout the year. Some climates can see the extremes that summer and winter hit us with. There is a consistent source of temperature that you can utilize; just a few feet below the earth's surface. How is that possible? The sun infuses the Earth's crust with its heat energy. Forty-seven percent of that energy is stockpiled in the ground as heat. WaterFurnace geothermal systems extract this heating potential using an earth loop system; harvesting this free heat for your home. This innovative technology uses the sun's heat that the earth has conveniently stored to condition your home or office. Geothermal Heating Using the earth loop, a WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump extracts the heat from the ground in the heating cycle. The geothermal system sucks the heat from the loops and passes this warmed air through a traditional duct system. Additional options include using that same heat to provide hot water and radiant floor heating are available. Geothermal Cooling The heating process is reversed in the cooling mode - creating cold, conditioned air throughout the home. Instead of pulling 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. For more information on how to get started with a geothermal system in the Knoxville area, contact Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.. Start saving on your energy bills today.