When rainy season never seems to end, everyone knows there's usually a risk of flooding. But there's also a risk of excessive moisture inside homes, which can lead to the growth of mold and mildew and attract termites. Not only that, but high humidity in your home can also make it difficult for you to feel comfortable at your thermostat's normal temperature setting, which can lead to increased energy costs due to constantly lowering your thermostat. Fortunately, there is a way to combat both high humidity and high energy costs—install a geothermal cooling system. Here's what you need to know about geothermal cooling systems and how one can transform your home from a sweltering money pit to a pleasant abode.
How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?
Geothermal cooling systems are designed to draw warm air and moisture from the interior of the home and send the heat and moisture to pipes that are in a loop system and installed deep underground. The condensation from the moisture joins with water that is already inside the pipes and absorbing heat. The piping leaves the home and goes underground. As the water moves through the piping underground, the water cools as the heat escapes and is absorbed by the surrounding soil.
The cooled water then continues through the pipes until it circulates back into the home where fans force air over the cooled pipes and into the home's duct system. Therefore, homes that have geothermal cooling systems have lower humidity levels than homes with other types of cooling systems. The same system can be configured to work in reverse to provide heating to the home. In this set-up, the heat is instead absorbed from the underground soil.
How Is the Installation Different from Other Types of Systems?
This type of cooling and heating system can be higher in initial costs, depending on what type of loop system, which is called a loop field, that you will have installed. The loop field is the main difference between a geothermal system and a conventional heat pump system that draws and displaces heat from the air. The loop field installation involves excavation in order for the pipes to be buried in the soil.
Alternatively, the loop field can be installed in a water source or bored into rock. It simply depends on your property. Contact a geothermal cooling systems company like West County Heating and Cooling for more information on the best choices available to you based on your particular property.