Geothermal Heating and Cooling in Austin

Geothermal systems are efficient, eco-friendly solutions ideal for saving on your utility bills. Depending on where you live, a geothermal heat pump can supplement traditional HVAC systems, delivering quiet and sustainable comfort all year-round. Call your local Experts for geothermal heating and cooling installation as well as maintenance.

Geothermal System Installation

Geothermal HVAC systems are innovative, but that doesn’t mean you have to worry about a frustrating installation experience. Here’s what you can expect during geothermal installation:

  • Introduction and Planning

    The introductory step will be meeting with a geothermal HVAC system professional from Strand Brothers Service Experts to properly size the geothermal system needed to heat and cool your home.

  • Size and Cost

    No two homes in Austin are alike, so receiving a free quote for your specific home is crucial to ensuring the strongest energy-efficiency boost in the end. Geothermal systems can be installed with a current system or can fully replace a regular system, depending on your weather. Ask us for more details.

  • Loop Choice

    Depending on land or water resources, there are several ways we can install the pump equipment: horizontal loop, vertical loop or pond loop. You’ll pick a configuration option during your consultation.

  • Did You Know?

    Despite the name, geothermal heat pumps are designed to work both ways, with a reversible pump that provides both heating and cooling. Whichever system you want to have installed, it will utilize steady below-ground temperatures to efficiently both heat AND cool your home.

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Ground-Source Heat Pumps vs. Water-Source Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps can draw on the thermal energy of both the ambient temperature below ground or a nearby body of water. You’ll install either a ground-source or water-source heat pump based on which type will be more efficient.

Ground-Source Heat Pumps

At 5 feet below ground, the temperature is much more consistent throughout the year. Ground-source heat pumps use this consistency to transfer heat in or out of a building. In heating mode, they pump ambient heat above ground, while cooling mode reverses the process to send heat underground for later use.

Water-Source Heat Pumps

Ponds, lakes and other sources of water can can also be a source of stable temperatures. Water-source heat pumps are ideal for cooling your home, so long as the body of water is at least 1/2-3/4th of an acre as well as 8 feet deep.

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Our Geothermal Installation Process

We start by identifying any existing underground utilities to make sure breaking ground doesn’t impact anything. Pipes are then placed underground in a U-shaped pattern. Once the pipes are in place, any open spots can be refilled with grass seed or sod.

After that, we proceed to installing the internal components of the system. A geothermal HVAC system is designed somewhat similar to traditional heating or central AC installation. We’ll replace the old unit before hooking your new system up to existing ductwork. Before you know it, you’re enjoying energy-efficient heating and cooling!

Each geothermal installation project has its own schedule, so consult Strand Brothers Service Experts for a better idea on how much time may be necessary for you.

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Plan for Annual Maintenance

Once your new geothermal system is installed, you can control it like any other HVAC equipment. Just the same, you should schedule routine preventive maintenance to keep your geothermal system in better shape.

A geothermal HVAC system can be as reliable as central forced-air systems, but with even greater energy efficiency. Make the most of these savings by staying up to date on maintenance.

Feel free to chat with Strand Brothers Service Experts today at 512-592-3072 or schedule online for a free quote or to learn more about your geothermal heating and cooling options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Geothermal systems use energy from below ground to provide heating and cooling. They use a “loop” system by moving and delivering from either the ground or a water source in heating mode. In cooling mode, this process works in reverse by extracting heat from inside the home to the ground or a water source. The cold air in cooling mode is the result of the process of removing heat and humidity as air is recirculated.

  • Geothermal HVAC ends up being more affordable in the long run due to lower utility bills, despite higher initial costs. And they’re more efficient than a standard system with a furnace and air conditioner. There are also federal rebates and incentives that we can help you navigate during the installation process.

  • Rather than generating their own heat, geothermal systems use the Earth’s natural ambient temperature for climate control. You end up with lower utility bills, and geothermal systems can also last a lot longer. So long as you provide it with preventative maintenance, you can get 20 years from a geothermal heat pump and as much as 50+ years for an underground loop system.

  • Yes! Geothermal heat pumps are similar to traditional central heat pumps in that they are 2-in-1 systems capable of providing both heating and cooling. Even with this potentially confusing name, geothermal heat pumps are just as effective at cooling homes in different types of climates. In fact, they’re often the most efficient type of system available!

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