Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal Heat Pump Installation in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Geothermal systems, or water-source heat pumps, are the most energy efficient system available for heating and cooling in the Philadelphia area. Here is a brief video from Climate Master that does a great job of explaining the technology:

W.F. Smith has been installing geothermal heat pump systems in the Philadelphia area for 25 years. Most of the original systems that were installed in the past used an open loop configuration, but today’s new installations usually include a closed loop as it eliminates any concerns about minerals in the water affecting the system operation.

If you have additional questions about geothermal heat pumps, or if you want to know if they are right for your home or business, give us a call today at (215) 624-1313 or contact us online.  

Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal equipment can actually cost less than some of today’s top-of-the-line air-source heat pump systems, especially once you figure in the 30% federal tax credit. The added cost comes in the loop installation, which is guaranteed for 50 years. Much of this cost will depend on your property layout and the amount of loop required by the system(s). We can supply a report using Climate Master’s GeoDesigner software to show you expected operational cost savings so you can see how quickly the savings pay off the added costs.

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Geothermal Heat Pump FAQ’S

We have a water well; can we use that for a geothermal system?

It is possible, but geothermal open loop systems can require a much larger volume of water than a domestic water well is usually designed for. Have your well company test your well for capacity and water quality to see if it will work. In some cases, a new well can be drilled for the higher water volume needed, using the existing well to return the water to the earth, saving some costs.

How much land do I need to install this type of system?

There are many ways to install the loop pipes, so there is not one specific answer to this question. Every house requires an evaluation to determine the best way to install the loop piping. The first step is to set up an evaluation by W.F. Smith’s geothermal experts to survey your property and engineer the systems.

I live in the city; can I use this type of equipment?

We have installed geothermal systems in the Northwest sections of Philadelphia (Roxborough and Chestnut Hill). All of the Center City applications we have serviced or installed have been in condos where the units are referred to as water-source heat pumps since the building supplies heated or cooled water using a large boiler and chiller instead of installing pipes in the ground.

Schedule Your Philly Geothermal Heat Pump Installation Today

Geothermal heat pumps are well worth the investment—they have much lower operating costs than other systems, are eco-friendly, and can save you money on your future energy bills.

Give W.F. Smith a call today at (215) 624-1313 to speak with one of our heat pump experts, or reach out to us online.