If you have a geothermal heat pump that provides your home with year–round temperature control, you’re probably familiar with the benefits that come with owning these great systems. While their installation costs do range higher than those of most other home heating and cooling systems, the monthly savings you receive on your energy bill will quickly make that higher initial price worth it.
But because you paid so much for your geothermal system, you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of it. With that in mind, here are a few helpful tips to make owning your geothermal heat pump a more rewarding experience.
Know the Location of Your Loop
Your geothermal heat pump has two main components – the indoor compressor and air handler and the underground loop of pipe through which heat–absorbing liquid cycles. Because the loop of pipe is buried below the ground, however, it can be easy to forget it’s there. This can cause some big problems for you down the line.
Any future construction or landscaping performed on your property can potentially put your underground pipe loop at risk. If your contractors don’t know the pipe loop is there, they can easily damage it by mistake. For this reason, you should note exactly where the pipe lies below your yard and remember to alert any workers to its location before they begin digging.
Knowing where your pipe is also helps you spot potential problems early. If you notice an unexplained damp patch in your yard above where you know the pipe is buried, there is a good chance your pipe has sprung a leak. A leaky pipe isn’t a pleasant issue to deal with when you have a geothermal heat pump installed in your home, but the sooner you realize the problem exists, the sooner you can have repairs carried out.
Geothermal Hot Water
Your geothermal heat pump is great at heating your home in the winter and cooling it in the summer. But there is a way to get even more out of this great system. In the winter, you need all the heat your pump can extract from the ground to go into keeping your house warm. But in the summer, the heat removed from your indoor air is simply dumped back outside.
Rather than wasting that heat, you can use it to heat the hot water for your home. Just ask your technician on your next maintenance visit (or when you have your initial installation done if you have not gotten to that point already) and they can set this system up for you. That way you can have free hot water all summer, in addition to all of the money you are saving on home heating and cooling. The amount of time during which you can draw hot water from your geothermal system depends largely on the climate in which you live. The longer the summer the more free hot water you’ll see.
Keeping Up with Geothermal Maintenance
Geothermal heat pumps are built to last a long time and they’ll run smoothly for many years without any attention at all. But having a professional come out and tune up your system every couple of years is the best way to ensure that your heat pump maintains its original level of energy efficiency. These regular maintenance visits are also the best way to prevent more serious problems from popping up in the future. Ask your service professional if there are any tasks you can perform on your own between maintenance visits to help in the upkeep of your geothermal system as well.