advice on geo thermal heating


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Old 10-12-04, 09:22 PM
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advice on geo thermal heating

I have a older 3800 sq ft bungalo home with a basement, it is heated with gas boilers and radiant heat in baseboards. Plus an indoor pool which is heated by boiler and forced air for the pool room.
What I want to do is a combination geo thermal heat pump from wells, topped up by gas if needed. The pool room I understand can be heated by soalar pannels for the water with gas back up.
What I need is someone to engineer or tell me how to engineer the system plus where to get the items needed.
Any advice out there?
Thanks.
 
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Old 10-13-04, 08:27 AM
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Well, your going to need to provide a lot more info if you want someone here to "engineer" it for you. It sounds like you want to do a pretty sophisticated system, although it sounds pretty "do-able". I'd try to find someone locally to help, it'd be a lot easier.

FYI you may want to talk to your utility company. Electrical boilers may be a better "back-up" then gas, as your electric company may be willing to give you some BIG rebates if you go all electric.
 
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Old 10-13-04, 08:33 AM
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I thought I'd provide some more help...

Originally Posted by lab300
... it is heated with gas boilers and radiant heat in baseboards.
You'll do that with "water to water" heat pumps.

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Plus an indoor pool which is heated by boiler
Again, a water to water heat pump can accomplish this

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...Plus an indoor pool which is heated ... by forced air for the pool room.
Here, you could either put in a "water to air" heat pump, or put in an air handler with a coil tapped into your water to water loop. Pool A/C slash heating units are tough to design though. You do want cooling in there right?? You might look at a dehumidification unit by Desert Aire or a pool unit from Dectron as a more appropriate solution to your pool room, but also more sophisticated.

Do you want air conditioning in the rest of your house too??
 
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Old 10-13-04, 08:55 AM
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Up there where you are and the way water is Id think more in the line of a DXgeo heat pump. This way you dont have to fight to clean the water pipes all the time. Go to
http://www.amgeo.com

To check on fuel cost go http://warmair.net and compare them. I think there your best with electric

The pool room I understand can be heated by soalar pannels for the water with gas back up.
I have solar on my pool water here and it works very good.
but up there where you are I dont think it will work at all. not worth it there.

my .02 cents
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Old 10-13-04, 11:11 AM
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geo thermal

Thank you very much for your help and suggestions. I visited the American GX site and I hope that they can give me the answers I need. Regarding the solar heat for a pool. Solar heat is being used successfully as far north as Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. That is 1000 miles further north than where we are. So it should work fine. Albeit probably we will need a gas back up for cloudy days.
 
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Old 10-13-04, 11:20 AM
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You mean they use solar to heat a pool up there?? How can you have water in the panels at night?? How many panels?
It takes about 12 here for a 15'X30' pool.Hard to hold in JAN. and FEB.

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