27 Dec '13, 10pm

California Residence Heated and Cooled by The Earth

California Residence Heated and Cooled by The Earth

Frederick Corson’s 5000 square foot home in Northern California is one of the largest in the area, yet its cooling and heating costs are very low. Instead of using traditional sources of heating and cooling, Carson fitted the house with a ground-source heat pump known as a geothermal heat pump. Such a heat source is environmentally friendly and sustainable, while it also keeps the costs of heating and cooling the house minimal. A geothermal heat pump is installed by first drilling holes 200 to 300 feet deep and then inserting U-shaped tubes into them. These earth-heat exchange tubes are then connected to a primary heat exchanger unit inside the house. The tubes are filled with a solution of water and alcohol, such as ethelyne glycol, which prevent corrosion and freezing. The system also consists of a primary heat exchanger, a fluid recirculation pump, and a separate compre...

Full article: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2013/12/california-residence-h...

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