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Selecting the right Geothermal System for your needs.

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Fluid in the loop
When you’re looking for a heating method that will save money and allow you to stay comfortable, try geothermal heating. The team at Buschur’s Refrigeration Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning has years of expertise in installing these efficient systems. The geothermal concept is simple – the earth absorbs nearly 50% of solar energy and remains at a constant temperature. Because geothermal systems use an underground loop system, they manage to use the constant temperature to exchange energy. Find Out More About Our Geothermal Heating Systems Products:
WATERLESS Geothermal
Vertical Loop
Geothermal WaterlessUnlike a traditional closed loop geothermal heating system that uses water and a plastic ground loop heat exchanger, the Waterless (DX geothermal) system doesn’t use water and the ground loop is made of copper which is installed vertically deep below the earth surface. A copper ground loop is a much better conductor of heat than the traditional plastic loop. This vertical copper loop design is the most efficient method of transferring heater from the ground. This type of loop design is installed within a 3 foot circle in your yard. The reliability of copper is so good that a copper ground loop has a better warranty (lifetime) for the consumer. The Waterless geothermal is the most advanced geothermal system available and usues an environmentally friendly refrigerant that ciculates throughout the ground loop. This refrigerant/Freon is similar to the Freon in used in your household refrigerator. The Waterless system does NOT require the use of antifreeze either. Eliminating the water also eliminates many of the expensive water components used in a tradition water type geothermal. It also provides a higher efficiency while reducing the potential for future maintenance with your system. The technology has been around for over 25 years and has been proven to be one of the most efficient geothermal designs on the market today.

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Vertical Loop
Water Geothermal
Geothermal Vertical Loop

A Vertical loop design is typically used when space is limited as a plastic pipe heat exchanger. Your yard isn’t torn up nearly as much with a vertical loop design. Holes are drilled using a drilling rig, and a pair of plastic pipes with special u-bend fittings which are inserted into the holes. A typical home requires three wells approx. 210 feet deep.

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Horizontal Loop
Water Geothermal
Geothermal Horizontal Loop

A Horizontal loop is used where adequate land is available. The ground loop consists of a plastic pipe heat exchanger. Horizontal loops involve one or more trenches that are dug 4-5 feet deep using a backhoe or trencher. A Water/Antifreeze solution circulates through the plastic tubing absorbing the heat from the ground. The ground loop is a key component of the ground source water geothermal system. Therefore many design factors need to be considered to insure the proper installation of a horizontal loop system, be sure to ask your contractor about the design parameters considered for your geothermal loop.

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Pond Loop
Water Geothermal
Geothermal Pond Loop

If an adequately sized body of water is close to your home, a plastic loop can be installed in a pond as the heat exchanger. A Water/Antifreeze solution circulates through the plastic tubing absorbing the heat from the ground. A series of loops can be coiled and sunk to the bottom. A 1/2 acre, 8-foot-deep pond is usually sufficient enough for the average home. The loop design is especially critical with a pond loop system which can lead to system problems if not given proper consideration. Be sure to discuss the loop design of your project with your contractor before staring your project.

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Open Loop
Water Geothermal
Geothermal Open Loop

An open loop system system is typically installed in rural areas where it can utilize th 55 degree well water as the heat source for you home.Typically it does not require any outside digging. An open loop geothermal system pumps water from the existing water well through the geothermal unit where the heat is removed from the water. After removing the heat from the water the water remains clean and can be discharged to multiple locations such as; to a running stream, pond, or down a drain. This system typically requires more future maintenance than a closed loop system so be sure to discuss any future maintenance considerations with your contractor.

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Slinky Loop
Water Geothermal
Geothermal Slinky Loop

The Slinky loop design is another horizontal closed loop design. The plastic heat exchanger pipes are typically laid flat in a circular pattern at the bottom of a trench. A Water/Antifreeze solution circualtes through the plastic tubing absorbing the heat from the ground. This design can save space requiring less land area and shorter trenching when considering installing a horizontal loop. Other design factors should be considered with a slinky loop system, so be sure to ask your contractor about the loop design parameters.

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Comparing Ohio Geothermal Heating Systems

Geothermal Contarctor of the year

There are three major differences when comparing one Ohio geothermal heatingsystem to another, they are: Loop Type, Loop Design, and the Type of Fluid in the loop. In the winter it collects the earth’s natural heat through a heat exchanger consisting of a series of pipes, made of plastic or copper.

The Loop Material…
The Loop Material can easily be considered one of the most important factors when trying to determine which design is the best investment for you. Currently there are to forms of material used for a geothermal ground loop, they are: plastic tubing or copper tubing. Often the heating contractor will sup-contract the loop system to another contractor and may not actually have the experience installing the loop themselves. So again talking with a contractor who has experience installing both plastic and copper ground loops as well as the rest of the equipment installed inside the home can insure that you’ll make the best decision possible for your circumstances.