How Geothermal Works The temperature throughout the year will always vary no matter what climate you live in. For some climates that means hot summers that cool to frigid winters, and Southwest Michigan is no exception. What most people don't realize is that the temperature below ground (regardless of climate or season) stays pretty consistent year round. The ground is able to retain a higher rate of constant temperature 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 put to use to provide 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 extract heat from the ground. As the system pulls heat from the loop it circulates it through a conventional duct system as warm air. The same heat energy can also be used for a radiant floor system or household hot water heating. Geothermal Cooling The heating process is reversed in the cooling mode - creating cool, conditioned air throughout the home. Instead of extracting heat from the ground, heat is extracted 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 Southwest Michigan area, contact WaterFurnace Michiana. Start saving on your energy bills today.