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Geothermal Heat Pumps

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Heat pumps are an eco-friendly, alternative to other sources of heating and cooling for your home. By purchasing heat pumps not only are you saving money, but you are also saving the Earth by reducing Greenhouse gas emissions.
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What are Heat Pumps?

Heat pumps are one of the best, most economical ways to heat and cool your house. Heat pumps use outside air to cool your house in the summer and heat it in the winter. Basically, this innovation uses a small amount of energy to pull cool or warm air into your home. Heat pumps are filled with water or another liquid, which is circulated in pipes through the ground or underground bodies of water.
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What materials are utilized in heat pumps?

Most heat pump systems come as a package deal with installment for your convenience. Although, there are basic components to every ground source heat pump, the materials vary depending on the type of system, the typical pieces include:

  • Underground pipes
  • Various Heat exchangers
  • Evaporator
  • Compressor
  • Pipes and coils
  • Ducts/vents
  • Filter
  • Thermostat

What influences the cost of heat pumps?

There are many factors that can influence the price of heat pumps.

These variables include:

  • Size of your home
  • Size of heat pump
  • Usability of current duct work
  • Local energy prices
  • Air vs. Ground source heat pumps
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What is the overall cost of geothermal energy heat pumps?

Including installation, heat pumps can cost anywhere from $3,000 - $50,000. Geothermal energy saves you money in the long run seeing how it uses renewable energy, also, heat pumps cost less than other sources of heating and cooling.
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What is the Maintenance for Heat Pumps?

To keep your new heat pump new and properly functioning follow these simple guidelines:

  • Replace the filter every 1-2 months
  • Schedule a yearly maintenance to ensure every thing is working correctly


  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Lowers utility bill
  • You don't need a furnace and an air conditioner
  • Energy efficient
  • Heat Pumps can last a long time


  • A backup heat system may be required for extremely cold winter months.
  • Not suitable for areas with excessive snow and severe South Dakota winter temperatures
  • Sometimes less efficient than other sources of energy
  • May take a long period of time to warm up or cool down a house
  • Expensive installation down payment required
  • Coils must be buried far into the earth
  • Renovations may be required to current duct and ventilation system
  • Yearly maintenance appointments highly advised and costly
10 Myths About Heat Pumps

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Abby Enevoldsen

Freshman at BHS