You can’t get much greener than a geothermal system. Just ask the EPA, who labeled geothermal as the most environmentally friendly heating and cooling system out there. Or the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, who concluded that geothermal energy is far more efficient and cost-effective than conventional residential systems.
According to Energy.gov, geothermal HVAC can be 300-600% more efficient than traditional HVAC systems on cold winter nights, and 25-50% more efficient than traditional air-source systems. Geothermal heat pumps multiply the energy they use, while fossil fuel furnaces simply burn through it.
Because it’s so much more energy-efficient, you use less electricity to get the same heating and cooling results. And because these systems last longer than traditional HVAC systems and need less maintenance, your replacement and maintenance expenses over the system’s lifetime are also reduced.
Geothermal systems create more temperature consistency in your home because they’re regulated by ground temperatures as opposed to outdoor temperatures, which vary significantly more. That means less teeth-chattering time in the winter waiting for the furnace to catch up, and less sweltering in the summer.
Why Choose Mill Creek Heating?
With almost two decades of experience, Mill Creek Heating is Oregon’s #1 producer of geothermal systems, installing thousands of geothermal loops and Waterfurnace geothermal heat pumps. We’re Geothermal Heat Pump Installation Certified, Geothermal Pipe Fusion certified, and we employ a certified Geothermal Tax Credit Technician with the State of Oregon to make sure you get the most out of your installation.
1. Choose the right system for you
We’ll work with you to figure out the best system for your needs and comfort.
2. Geothermal Loop Installation and connection
We will install your geothermal loops in the ground or your pond either in horizontal, vertical, closed, or open loops.
3. Geothermal Heating
As outdoor temps fall, a geothermal heat pump (GHP) draws from an underground reservoir of heat, concentrates it, and moves it to your home.
4. Geothermal Air Conditioning
As outdoor temps rise, a geothermal heat pump (GHP) collects the unwanted heat in your home and moves it to the cooler earth.
Geothermal: How it works
Geothermal heats your home by moving temperature-conducting fluid through a loop of pipes buried beneath or next to your home. Even though it’s underground, that fluid can still collect thermal energy from the sun, and that heat is then circulated back into the pump and throughout your home via ductwork in the winter.
In the summer, that process is reversed. Your heat pump pulls heat from the air in your home and transfers it into the fluid in the ground, where it’s dissipated by the cooler temperatures underground. Then, the refrigerant moves through the pump’s expansion valve and becomes cooler. Once it comes into contact with the hot air in your home, the refrigerant absorbs it, leaving only cold air. This becomes a cycle until your home is exactly as cool as you’d like it.
It’s not the easiest concept to grasp, but the great thing about it is that you don’t have to understand exactly how it works to allow this innovative, green technology to save you money and make your new home or renovation significantly more energy efficient
Choosing A WaterFurnace Geothermal Heat Pump Is Simply Smarter
WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling systems come in three basic configurations, plus a fourth combo type designed to meet the needs of your home and provide the highest efficiency and the greatest energy savings. Nearly all of the products we install meet or exceed the Energy Star® requirements needed to take advantage of the latest tax credits.
Wondering which is right for you? Talk to one of our knowledgeable sales professionals and they’ll be happy to help!
Provide year-round comfort. Built to heat through the winter months and provide cooling all summer. WaterFurnace ground source heat pump systems replace the traditional indoor furnace/outdoor air conditioning equipment with one single unit.
These units are designed for heating and cooling water in applications like radiant floor heating, domestic hot water, and snow/ice melt. They can also be used to replace boilers and provide forced air heating/cooling when installed with an air handler.
Provide installation flexibility with the capability to be installed with a remote air handler for whole house heating and cooling. Splits are also useful when installed in conjunction with a fossil fuel furnace for a dual fuel application for efficient operation in colder climates.
Radiant hydronic heat is widely regarded as the most comfortable way of heating the home while all-in-one forced air is typically the most cost-effective. Combo units combine the best of both worlds, providing the luxurious comfort of radiant heat while providing traditional forced air heating as well — all from a single unit.
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