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 state-of-the-art technology uses the sun's heat that the earth has conveniently stored to condition your home or office.

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Geothermal Heating

During the heating cycle, a WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump uses the earth loop to draw heat from the ground. As the system draws heat from the loop it circulates it through a traditional duct system as warm air. The same heat energy can also be utilized for a radiant floor system or domestic hot water heating.

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.

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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.