If you’re building a new home, geothermal should be one of your top choices for a central heating and cooling system. Not only do geothermal heat pumps provide whole home heating and cooling, but they also keep monthly costs low, are easy to install when starting from scratch, and offer superb comfort. Let’s take a closer look at the top reasons to install geothermal in your new construction home:
Heat Pump Efficiency
Geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient way to heat and cool your home, period. This means you’ll enjoy the economic benefits of low monthly utility bills because your heat pump will be taking advantage of the free heat available in the earth. Combine your geothermal heat pump with other efficiency measures typically found in new homes, like high R-value insulation and heat recovery systems, and you’ll enjoy the lowest utility costs in your neighbourhood.
Geothermal heat pumps have proven so capable of reducing energy consumption that most LEED certified homes have a geothermal heat pump to provide low emission heating and cooling. This technology is the HVAC system of choice for green builders.
Ease of Installation
Installing a geothermal heat pump in a new construction home couldn’t be easier. Excavation for the outdoor energy supply source can be performed without fear of ruining landscaping because it hasn’t been installed yet. In addition, your geothermal installer can take the opportunity to install ultra-comfortable energy distribution systems, like radiant in-floor heat and ducted air conditioning.
Central Heating and Cooling for Your Whole Home
Many new construction homeowners choose to install radiant in-floor heating in the basement and/or on the living floors of the home. This type of heating uses cross-linked polyethylene pipes encased in concrete or a thin over-pour of lightweight gypcrete to distribute heat throughout your home. Radiant in-floor heating is extremely comfortable and results in pleasantly warm floors during the heating season. For cooling or spaces that require extra heating such as a high glass wall, hydronic fan coils and/or conventional ductwork is installed. To ensure you take full advantage of your heat pump’s functionality, your new construction home should have ductwork installed on the first and second floors. During the cooling season, your heat pump will air condition those spaces to ensure they are comfortable.
Our Liquid-to-Air & Water Heat Pump Does The Job
To use in-floor radiant heat and ducted heating and cooling, you’ll need a heat pump that performs all three functions. Fortunately our liquid-to-air & water heat pump was specifically designed to meet these needs. Also known as our Triple Function (TF) Series, this heat pump provides hot water for radiant in-floor heat, as well as heating and cooling through a ducted system. This system also has a desuperheater for domestic hot water heating.
To find out if a heat pump is right for your new construction, find a geothermal installer near you and get a detailed estimate.