A geothermal heating system can save you a lot of money from month to month. These types of heating units utilize the natural energy and heat stored in the ground to create heat for the home. While the general cost and installation of these is usually more expensive, you will find that you will save so much more money in the long run. It is important that you are able to get your home surveyed before you begin installation as it will make the entire process much easier for you to be able to do.
While these types of heating systems can be used pretty much anywhere, there are still a few things that you will need to consider before you decide on them. The first thing is the overall surroundings of your area. The rock and soil of your general location is something that you will need to keep in mind. A good example of why is if you happen to live in an area that has good heat transfer properties in the soil then you will not have to have as much piping. You will also need to know how much of the soil that is in the area as well. This will have a lot to do with whether or not you have horizontal or ground loops installed.
The amount of surface or ground water is something that will also have to do with the loops that are installed. You will need to know the quality, depth, volume as well as the bodies of surface water. These things will also play a part in the loop system that will be installed in your area. Open loop systems will be installed if there is ground water that can easily be used as a source and if the quality of the water is actually suitable and if the regulations can be met. Before an open loop system is decided on you will need to make sure that the installer has done a full investigation on the hydrology of your home so that there will be no problems in the future.
Availability of Land
Something else that you will need to consider is the amount of land that you have as well as the overall layout for it. What this means is the location and layout of any sprinkler systems or utilities that lay underground. You will find that a horizontal ground loop are most often used for buildings that have just recently been constructed as long as there is enough land to do it with. A vertical installation is most often used whenever there is a more compact area to work with. This will do great whenever there is a lot of extra underground utilities or sprinkler systems as it will help to keep as much of the area undisturbed.
You will find that knowing these differences is what is going to determine the type of loop system that you have. Remember that no matter where it is that you live, there is a geothermal heating system that can be installed. You will simply have to know the details so it can be installed properly.