Is Commercial Geothermal Installation an Option for My Company?

The most common way to heat and cool a commercial building is through the efficient performance of packaged rooftop units. These systems do an excellent job of providing the level of heating and cooling necessary to keep workers, customers, and clients comfortable no matter the time of year—provided they received a correct and professional installation and regular maintenance service.

Rooftop units are not the only option for commercial comfort, however. Your business might benefit from the high efficiency and reliability of a geothermal system. Going geothermal also means going green, which is one of the reasons that these systems have started to gain popularity in the commercial world.

Will a geothermal system work for your business? It’s a hard question to answer unless you seek the assistance of specialists in commercial HVAC installation. Not all commercial HVAC companies offer geothermal services, but Ideal Services Heating & Cooling does. Contact us today for an appointment about the possibilities for a geothermal system for your business.

Some Geothermal Basics

Like packaged rooftop heat pumps, geothermal HVAC systems provide both heating and cooling. In fact, they essentially are heat pumps, except that instead of using the outdoor air as a medium for heat exchange, they use the stable temperature of the earth 6–10 feet below the frost line. A series of ground loops carrying refrigerant (water or a water-antifreeze solution) travel through the earth at this depth to harness the heat power. Because the temperature at this point in the ground remains around 54°F no matter the topside weather, geothermal heat pumps never need to struggle to extract or deposit heat, and this makes them 300–600% more efficient than standard heat pumps used for businesses.

Geothermal systems use a renewable and clean heat source, and they also have reduced greenhouse gas emissions compared to other HVAC systems because they use water for refrigerant instead of chemical blends like R-410A. Geothermal heat pumps offer a cost-effective way to make your company environmentally friendly.

As you can tell from this description, geothermal systems need a significant amount of room to operate: the loops must have sufficient space and depth to do their job. Most commercial systems use a vertical loop configuration that places the loops straight down so to use the least amount of space possible. This makes commercial geothermal installation available for more companies, but you will need a professional to determine if putting in a ground-source heat pump is worthwhile.

Contact Ideal Services Heating & Cooling for geothermal assessment and installation. If it turns out that a geothermal heat pump is the #1 choice for your business, trust our staff to handle the necessary drilling and loop placement work so that your commercial HVAC installation will go fast and smoothly.

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