Geothermal Energy for HVAC
Superior Mechanical is proud to offer geothermal energy alternatives that can heat or cool your office or commercial facility without damaging the environment. Our geothermal energy technology harnesses the earth natural heat as an energy source and transforms it into sustainable, clean power.
This process is safe, efficient, and renewable, meaning that your business will be able to generate the bulk of its own power. When your facility can reduce its power usage and energy bills, it will be more self-sufficient and more cost-efficient in the long run.
Geothermal energy is also an attractive feature to clients and investors. A business that is doing its part to protect the environment is looked upon favorably by the general public, and your geothermal energy investment can be used to promote your brand’s image.
By using geothermal energy, your business can not only do your part to save the environment, but reap long-term financial benefits.
The incorporation and utilization of geothermal energy in commercial properties is becoming an increasingly preferred option for heating and cooling. Economically speaking, converting to this type of energy production in large commercial settings, where monthly energy costs are significant, is far more cost-effective and is an easy decision to make for building managers, owners, and operators.
How Does Geothermal HVAC Work?
Geothermal heating and cooling systems utilize a geothermal tap that is placed below the surface of the ground. This tap is a closed loop system that sits below the surface of the ground, where the ground temperatures remain roughly 50 degrees year round. This constant temperature reduces the energy needs of heating and cooling systems. Geothermal heating and cooling systems are the most efficient and cost-effective means for commercial heating and cooling available today. These energy systems are used across the United States and have proven to be over 45% more energy efficient than standard heating and cooling system options. This efficiency will allow commercial property managers, owners, and operators the ability to save large amounts on their monthly energy use and utility bills.
In addition to the geothermal tap and closed ground loop, the geothermal heat pump system includes many elements within traditional forced air hvac systems, such as the air handlers, and duct work that you would expect to see in any modern commercial HVAC space. While the main source of thermal energy is provided by the geothermal heat pump, the air source is the same as that of any other system.
Benefits of a Geothermal Energy System
There are several types of commercial buildings that can benefit from the application of a geothermal HVAC system including schools, police stations, government buildings, and hospitals, as well as any large commercial structure that requires large amounts of constant and long-term HVAC system.
These structures can benefit in many ways, including costs related to ownership. While commercial geothermal HVAC systems for heating and cooling are associated with a high cost to implement, the savings accrued over time can be very significant. Imagine having to heat a large commercial space on a 0-degree day. With a geothermal HVAC system, the energy load needed to bring the temperature up is significantly less, because the system utilizes the ground temperature as a heat source, which is roughly 50 degrees fahrenheit. This applies to hot days as well, as the system is at a better starting point to cool the large indoor air of the commercial space. Geothermal heat pump efficiency is measures usinga ratio known as the coefficient of performance (COP). The COP is a ratio of heating or cooling output to the energy input to run the machine.
Often, these high efficiency systems can save you 30%- 60% on heating and 20%- 50% on heating and cooling, lowering energy bills and making the investment made into these systems worth evaluating. Despite the large upfront cost of a geothermal HVAC installation, they pay for themselves in an average of 10 years! These systems also generally last close to 20 years, making them a great investment.
There are also positive climate and environmental benefits of converting to this type of heating and cooling system. The systems lower overall energy consumption and utility costs, which in turn lowers the reliance on fossil fuels, thus lowering the impact of the high energy use of commercial HVAC systems. As an added bonus, there is a large tax credit for converting to an energy efficient heating and cooling system and lowering your carbon footprint.
Geothermal HVAC Repair
Superior Mechanical offers top quality repairs and service for commercial geothermal HVAC systems. Some of the most common issues that arise with Geothermal HVAC systems include:
- Heat pump issues: All geothermal systems utilize heat pumps to cool or heat your building, and as with air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pump systems can encounter issues with fans, compressors, and anti-freeze leaks.
- Scale build up: Some geothermal heat pump systems use water to facilitate heat transfer. If the water in the geothermal heat pump system has high levels of minerals, there can be a buildup of calcified minerals that clings to the insides of the pump system.
- Ground loop leaks: If you notice inexplicable wet spots in your yard, your ground loop may have a leaking underground pipe which will need to be repaired to keep your system running efficiently. Luckily these loops do not carry refrigerant, but a water and anti-freeze mixture. in order to diagnose, a technician will inject a dye into the loop and find the leak in order to repair it.
HVAC Installations with Superior Mechanical
If you own, operate or manage any type of commercial building or property and have significant monthly utility costs, contact Superior Mechanical today and we will show you just how much you can save on operating costs over time. We will also show you how your initial investment into a commercial geothermal system for your heating and cooling needs will pay for itself over time.
Call Superior Mechanical today at 336-498-7609 or visit us online and complete a quote for our commercial HVAC services.