Geothermal WaterFurnace Systems The most efficient heating and cooling system anywhere.
Tri-County Aire has been successfully installing geothermal systems in the tri-county area of southern Maryland, including Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and Anne Arundel counties, for many years. WaterFurnace geothermal systems provide the most efficient, environmentally friendly space conditioning available today. With geothermal you will reduce your energy bills by up to 70%; reduce your carbon footprint; and with the energy tax credit, you'll save 30% on installation costs. Geothermal is a Green Technology.
If you're considering building a new home, the upfront cost for a geothermal system is usually less and can be included in your mortgage. In most cases, the increase in mortgage costs are offset by the decreased operating expense of the geothermal system.
Three Basic Geothermal Energy Sources
Closed-loop systems circulate a water-based solution through a "loop system " of small-diameter, high-density polythylene underground pipes. Closed-loop systems can be installed horizontally, vertically or in a pond. The state of Maryland requires a Closed-loop system installation as opposed to the Open-loop system which uses existing water well or surface water. Regardless of whether the system is open or closed, heat is transferred to or from the structure to provide year-round comfort, no matter what the outdoor temperature.
If you have adequate land space available and depending on system needs and space available, we'll place pipes in trenches that range in length from 100 to 400 feet. (Hover over thumbnail for larger view.)
If land space is limited, vertical loops are the ideal choice. Well drilling equipment is used to bore small-diameter holes from 100 to 400 feet deep. (Hover over thumbnail for larger view.)
Pond & Lake Loops
If you have a large body of water, nearby this is a very eocnomical choice. Coils of pipe are simply placed on the bottom of the pond or lake.
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Open Loops (Well Water Systems)
In ideal conditions, an open-loop application can be the most economical type of geothermal system. These use groundwater from a well as a direct energy source. (Hover over thumbnail for larger view.)
Closed loop WaterFurnace systems require an anti-freeze solution in colder climates for freeze protection and enhancement of the system's performance. Since antifreeze is required, the choice of formulation becomes very important. Tri-County Aire's choice is Environol because it's formulated to maintain system efficiency without risk to the environment. This makes Environol the right blend for even the most exacting closed loop installations.