How Geothermal Works No matter what climate you live in, the temperature throughout the year varies. For some climatic zones that means blazing summers that cool to freezing winters, and Traverse City is no exception. What many people don't realize is that the temperature underground (regardless of climate or season) stays fairly consistent all year. The ground is able to sustain a higher rate of temperature consistency because it takes in 47% of the sun's energy (heat) as it hits the Earth's surface. WaterFurnace geothermal systems are able to tap into this free energy with an earth loop. This technology is then utilized to equip your home or office with central heating and cooling. Geothermal Heating During the heating cycle, a WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump uses the earth loop to draw heat from the ground. As the system draws heat from the loop it circulates it through a traditional duct system as warm air. The same heat energy can also be utilized for a radiant floor system or domestic hot water heating. Geothermal Cooling The heating process is reversed in the cooling mode - creating cold, conditioned air all through the home. Instead of extracting heat from the ground, heat is taken from the air in your home and either moved back into the earth loop, or used to preheat the water in your hot water tank. For more information on how to get started with a geothermal system in the Traverse City area, contact D&W Mechanical. Start saving on your energy bills today.