So you have decided you would like to install a geothermal heat pump – congratulations! You’re on your way to enjoying a long lived HVAC system that provides superior comfort and is great for the environment. Win, win, win!
But deciding to install a geothermal heat pump is just the beginning. What type of heat pump should you buy? This is a much bigger question, because it depends on several factors. Let’s take a look at our water-to-air heat pump, and see if it’s the right choice for you.
Our Water-to-Air Heat Pump: The R Series
We love the R Series heat pump because it’s the perfect fit for most residential heat pump installations. It’s a water to air heat pump which means it operates through forced air ductwork configuration. The R Series is a great option for residential renovations from an oil furnace or wood stove, because the existing ductwork is already in place. The ductwork might need some modifications, but the majority of the work is already done.
If you want more than just heating in your new geothermal installation, we’ve got you covered with the R Series. This heat pump is “fully reversible” which means that it reverses the heating process in the summer time, removing heat from your home and depositing it into the earth. This provides you with air conditioning in the summer and as a bonus – a portion of that heat is deposited into your hot water heater, giving you free domestic hot water.
Another key consideration to decide when installing a heat pump is whether your installation will have an open or closed loop. An open loop uses a well as the heat source and is a little more efficient, but not all homes have access to a well with enough flow. If your home isn’t sitting on a well with enough water or you are on municipal water, you’ll have to have a closed loop installation. In a closed loop installation, pipes are buried in the ground, and a fluid is circulated through them to absorb the heat. Fortunately, an R Series heat pump can operate under both conditions.
The R Series heat pump is also great for installations in basements or places where space is at a premium. We designed it to have the smallest footprint in the industry, which makes it perfect for maneuvering down narrow staircases, which is often the case when a home is being retrofitted.
If you have a home that is being retrofitted, or you are planning to use forced air ductwork, the R Series is right for you. If you want air conditioning and free domestic hot water in the summer time, the R Series is right for you. If you have a low basement or a narrow stairwell, the R Series is right for you! Let’s not forget the impressive 400% efficiency, that’s definitely right for your wallet.
Find a dealer near you to get more information installing a geothermal heat pump and how much you could save on your monthly heating costs by going geothermal.