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Geothermal Heating Services in Richmond

Want a better, more efficient way to heat your home’s water supply? Geothermal pumps have been used since the 1940s to more efficiently deliver hot water throughout your house by using natural heat from the ground.

Here at M.A. Williams Inc., we provide excellent Richmond heating services and have extensive experience helping customers take advantage of geothermal heating methods. With a geothermal heat pump, you can heat the water throughout your home even on the coldest nights.

Call us today at (804) 324-3378 to learn more about our geothermal heating services.

How Does Geothermal Heating Work?

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the constant temperature in the ground. While your heating system is on in the winter, the heat pumps transfer heat that is stored in the earth and in groundwater into your building’s heating system. During the summertime, the heat is transferred out of the building and into the ground. The ground acts as a heat source in the winter and as a heat sink in the summer.

Geothermal heat pumps are different from air source heat pumps. Air source heat pumps transfer heat to or from the outside air. Geothermal or ground source heat pumps exchange heat with the ground. This is much more energy efficient because underground temperatures are more stable than the air temperature throughout the year.

A geothermal heat pump system consists of three principal components:

  • Earth connection: The earth is utilized as a heat source or sink. There is a series of pipes called a loop. These pipes are buried in the ground near the building. The loop circulates a fluid that absorbs heat, which is absorbed from or radiates to the surrounding soil depending on whether the ambient air is warmer or colder than the soil.
  • Heat pump subsystem: A geothermal heat pump removes the heat from the fluid in the earth connection. It is concentrated and transferred to the building. This process is for heating – it is reversed for the cooling process.
  • Heat distribution subsystem: Traditional ductwork is usually used to distribute cooled or heated air. This air is distributed from the geothermal heat pump through the building.

The Benefits of Geothermal Heating

We know how important it is for homes to have a functioning heating system, and geothermal heaters really are one of the best options. Geothermal systems can provide hot water for the entire household including amenities such as saunas and pools.

The geothermal heat pump's compressor can be transferred to the hot water tank in the house when there is excess heat. When the heating and cooling systems are turned off, the geothermal heat pump will still work.

Some of the primary benefits of a geothermal heating system are:

  • Easy installation and space efficient: This hardware requires less space than traditional HVAC systems in new or retrofit situations.
  • Humidity control: It keeps about 50% relative indoor humidity.
  • Quiet: There are no blasts of hot or cold air. There are no fans or outside condensing units.
  • Long life: It only has a few moving parts. They are highly reliable and durable, often lasting 20 years or more. The warranties for the underground piping last 25-50 years.
  • Flexible: There is zone space conditioning. This allows you to set different temperatures for various areas in your home.

Anyone looking for a more efficient way to heat the water throughout their home can benefit from a geothermal system. In Richmond, the winters can get cold, so having a water heater that can function just as well on cold winter nights as it does in the summer is essential for comfort.

Not only are geothermal heat pumps more efficient in terms of actual heating, but they can also save you money by lowering your energy bills. Geothermal heat pumps are estimated to lower energy bills by 30-40%. Within 5 to 10 years, most geothermal heat pump systems recover their costs in savings as well.

Our Richmond heating service providers can assess your home and help you decide whether a geothermal heating system is right for you. We offer direct pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Call M.A. Williams at (804) 324-3378 to get started on your geothermal heating project today.