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Heat Pump 101: The Differences Between Geothermal and Air Source Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps as well as air source heat pumps have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years thanks to their efficiency ratings when compared to a traditional heating source. In warmer areas of the country where the ground is warm, geothermal and air source heat pumps can provide an eco-friendly heating option that will save money long term.

However, there are a number of differences between these two products and consumers should educate themselves before making a final determination.

Albuquerque, NM heat pump servicesEfficiency Levels

Geothermal heat pumps are known to be much more efficient than an air source heat pump thanks to as much as a six hundred percent efficiency rating even in the dead of winter. On average, an air source heat pump will provide about three hundred percent efficiency but can run as low as 175 percent or so.

Initial Cost Of Startup

When first purchasing all of the items needed and having them installed, you will spend more on a geothermal system. However, you should think about the savings over the course of a lifetime and this is when geothermal tends to be more beneficial. However, consider your residence. If you plan on moving soon then you probably don’t want to spend a ton of money investing in a geothermal system. A more short term and affordable option would be an air source heat pump.

Routine Maintenance

Air source heat pumps require an outdoor unit to be installed whereas a geothermal system is outside but installed underground. This provides a level of protection you don’t get with air source units. You will need more routine maintenance performed on an air source system, which has an average life expectancy of about fifteen years while geothermal systems usually last about twenty five years or so.

When considering either the geothermal or air source heat pumps you will want to think about your home, your lifestyle and your financial stability. Each of these systems has its own benefits and drawbacks. What works for you might not work for another household. What is important to consider is how much money you are looking to spend and how much you want to save overall. This can help you make the proper decision.

Call Daniels Heating and Air Conditioning at (505) 898-8860 today to find out more about geothermal and air source heat pumps for your Albuquerque, NM home.