The best energy option for your home
Heat pumps offer the most advanced heating and cooling technology, and are energy efficient and extremely durable. Thanks to our mild climate, Northwest Florida is ideal for heat pumps — so why not upgrade now? You can significantly cut your monthly energy costs while maintaining a comfortable home environment year-round.
Different types of heat pumps
Why geothermal is a smart choice
Whether the outside temperature is 95° or 25°, the ground temperature in cities like Pensacola or Panama City is generally between 65° and 70°.
Our geothermal heat pumps run on a system called GeoExchange, which takes advantage of the earth's near-constant temperature to provide the highest energy efficiency for heating and cooling available today.
The GeoExchange system connects an indoor heat pump with a matrix of outdoor buried plastic piping. The system circulates water through these underground pipes where it is warmed by the earth in the winter and cooled by the earth in the summer. This natural heating and cooling action, in conjunction with heat pump technology, can maintain indoor spaces at a constant, comfortable temperature without burning fossil fuels.
Benefits at a glance
- Energy savings
- Low maintenance
Find answers to common questions about how geothermal heat pumps work.
What is a GeoExchange heat pump?
An electrically powered device that uses the near-constant temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home.
What components make up a GeoExchange system?
The heat pump unit, the underground closed-loop system and the ductwork.
What is a closed-loop system?
A continuous loop of special buried plastic pipe connected to the indoor heat pump. Unlike an open-loop system that draws water from a well, a closed-loop system recirculates the same water under pressure, functioning as a heat exchanger with the earth. Because the water is sealed inside the piping, it remains pure, requiring less filtering and less potential maintenance.
How long will the pipe last?
High-density polyethylene pipe properly heat fused should last over 50 years. This material is unaffected by chemicals normally found in soil and has good conducting properties. PVC pipe should not be used.
Can anyone install the system?
Do-it-yourself installation is not recommended. It is best to employ IGSPHA or manufacturer certified technicians and contractors to install your GeoExchange system. Retrofits in buildings with existing ductwork are typically easy to install. Consult your local dealer to determine any modifications that might be necessary.
What if I need heating but have no ventilation?
GeoExchange uses no combustion and therefore needs no outside venting.
How effective is this underground system?
Conceived in the 1940s, refined heat pump designs and improved pipe materials make GeoExchange systems the most efficient heating and cooling options available today.
Will the buried pipes affect my lawn or landscape?
After installation, closed-loop piping has no affect on grass, trees and shrubs. Installation requires displacement of some turf which can be restored with grass seed or sod.
Can a GeoExchange system also heat water for my house?
Yes. Using a device called a “desuperheater”, GeoExchange systems can preheat tank water to save up to 50% on water heating bills.
Visit geoexchange.org to learn more about the efforts of the Geothermal Exchange Organization, get detailed info about heat pumps, and more.