Heating and Cooling Your Home Using the Earth’s Largest Resource

April 24, 2015


Your home is sitting right on top of a huge, relatively untapped source of heat.

St. Louis GeothermalJust a few feet past the foundation is a renewable energy resource in the form of heat that is naturally abundant under the ground. This heat generated from the earth, or geothermal, can be harnessed and used as a natural way to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

What Is Geothermal Heating?

Deep inside the earth, temperatures soar to over 9,000 degrees. This heat rises to the surface and is stored in between pockets of rock below the surface of the ground. Water is a great conductor of this heat as can be seen with naturally occurring hot springs and geysers and can also be used to help bring that heat up and straight into your living room.

Since the heat is always being generated, this is a naturally renewable form of heat that can be harnessed and used as a home heating source. To accomplish this, an experienced HVAC company would install a geothermal heat pump for your home. Using long pipes that are buried below the frost line, a mixture of water and a thermally conductive liquid are sent below to extract the heat from the earth. When it returns to the surface, that heated mixture can be used to effectively raise the temperature in your home.

Installation and Maintenance of Geothermal Heat Pumps

If this seems like a viable option for your home, speak with Scott-Lee Heating Company. We have experience with the installation and maintenance of geothermal heat pumps. There are four different types of pumps to choose from, and we can help you decide which is right for your house. One of the things you will want to look for is a geothermal system that is using the environmentally friendly R410A to help draw the heat from the surface. Other conductive liquids may actually harm the environment. Geothermal pumps also work in reverse during the summer by pulling hot air out of your home and sending it back into the ground.

Installing a geothermal heat pump is a large investment that you will recoup in energy savings in just a few short years. If you want to make your home as energy efficient and cost effective as possible, installing a geothermal pump is a great place to start. Call Scott-Lee Heating Company at (314) 200-0788 for a free consultation.