The 5 Musts of Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling Installation

MCS 10.4.13As we become more concerned with saving energy and lowering our energy bills, many of us are changing the ways we utilize energy in our home. Geothermal heating and cooling offers a great alternative to traditional methods, which is why it’s becoming more popular with each passing year.

That being said, it’s important to know how to maintain a geothermal heating and cooling system to ensure that you’re getting the best possible benefits from it. Here are five maintenance considerations you should keep in mind:

  1. Proper installation is required – The best way to sabotage your geothermal system’s operation is to install it incorrectly. Installation must be done by a licensed professional who knows the ins and outs of how the system will work in conjunction with your ductwork, air handler, and various other components. Just like any other heating and cooling system, correct sizing is also imperative.
  2. Check your antifreeze/water levels – The antifreeze/water solution in your geothermal heating and cooling system is responsible for absorbing thermal energy and then dissipating it. If the antifreeze levels are not correct, this process will not work properly, thereby reducing the effectiveness of the equipment.
  3. Clear out any dirt or debris – A clogged system is an unhappy system. To keep components free of dirt and debris that can cause problems with its operation, schedule regular cleanings with your technician.
  4. Inspect your air ducts – Air leakage can cause your geothermal system’s energy efficiency to drop considerably, not to mention raising the danger of health issues due to unconditioned air mixing into your good air. Either fix any ductwork problems yourself or seek the help of a professional.
  5. Make sure your pipes aren’t leaks – During excavation and installation of the loop system, your HVAC contractor should take special care to not damage pipes, and they should see that they’re properly connected. Accessible pipes and tubing should be inspected on a regular basis, since leaks can seriously undermine a geothermal system.

If you need more help with the installation or maintenance of your geothermal heating and cooling equipment, or have concerns about other home comfort issues, please contact the experts at Modern Comfort Heating & Cooling. We serve the home-comfort needs of homeowners in central Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Frederick Counties in Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about geothermal heating and cooling and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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