Geothermal Installation Complete!

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Our Geothermal Heating and Cooling system has now been fully installed for over a month and we couldn’t be happier. The system saved us over a $100 during the month of March where we saw extremely low temperatures and snow. Next month’s electricity bill should show decreasing energy use as the temperature outside has been more on the mild side. The graph below, which I will be updating throughout the year, shows us a 4 year trend of our homes energy costs.

Energy Savings April

 

All that is left for the completion of the project is for them to hydro-seed our yard and replace some of our planters stone work. Once a year we will have the system maintained to make sure the system is operating correctly. We will also change the air filter out every 2-3 months to assure the air flowing through the house has less pollen and dust. The desuperheater on the hot water heater will be turned on once the warmer weather stays around. The function of this piece of equipment is to take the unwanted heat from the home and put it towards heating the hot water heater also saving us some money on energy costs.

If you ever want to know how about Geothermal Thermal Heating and Cooling feel free to reach out and ask.

Kamber Petty

Geothermal Installation: Part 4 Trenching & Earth Loops

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Before the big storm hit on Wednesday night, the drilling company came out and dug our trenches to the house. The Earth loops they installed into the wells were hooked up and brought to the house via the trenches. The technicians then drilled into the side of our home into where the Water Furnace sits in our basement. This was an all day project and the men were trying to beat the storm that was going to drop 16 inches of snow. Once the piping was in the house they quickly back filled the trench and called it a day.

The following day the crews were going to do the flush and purge of the system but the snowy roads made this impossible for some of the crew to make it in. So now we are in a holding pattern until hopefully this week. We will also be getting our larger hot water heater along with the desuperheater that uses the heat from the earth to heat our hot water. This addition is also another way we will be saving on electricity.

Till next week……

Geothermal Installation: Part 3 Let the Drilling Begin!

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Patience is a virtue I wasn’t granted apparently but in a big surprise last weekend they delivered the drilling rig and gear to start drilling our two wells for the Geothermal system. Drilling started on Saturday but only last about 10 minutes when the rig’s hydraulic system blew a pressure valve. Monday they were not able to fix the rig and decided to replace it with a brand new rig. Drilling commenced on Tuesday and can I say it is amazing how the drill operators work these machines and the machine itself is great fun for the kids to watch.

While they were drilling the second well, the first well was grouted using one of three pipes placed into the well. The only purpose of this piping to help the grout reach the bottom of the hole. During the process, a Loudoun County Inspector needs to be present to make sure it’s done correctly. The inspector didn’t want to wait for the second well to be grouted so that was done a few days later when an inspector was available.

Our next step in the process was started on Thursday when they installed the Water Furnace and new thermostat. Right now the system is running on auxiliary heat since they have not run the geothermal loops to the house. This week they will be trenching to the house, purging the loops and installing our new hot water heater with the degenerator. Friday they will be adding duct and vents to our basement so our basement will have heat and a/c as where it only has baseboard heating currently.

In the home stretch now! A big thank you to North America Geothermal for getting the job done.