How Geothermal Works No matter what climate you live in, the temperature throughout the year varies. For some climatic zones that means blazing summers that cool to frigid winters, and Panama City is no exception. What most people don't realize is that the temperature underground (regardless of climate or season) stays fairly consistent all year. The ground is able to sustain a higher rate of temperature consistency because it takes in 47% of the sun's energy (heat) as it hits the Earth's surface. WaterFurnace geothermal systems are able to extract this free energy with an earth loop. This technology is then put to use to equip your home or office with central heating and cooling. Geothermal Heating In the heating cycle, a WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump utilizes the earth loop system to extract the heat from the ground. With delivery through a classic duct system, the geothermal system draws heat from the loops and circulates it as warm air. Other choices are available to use that same heat energy to provide hot water heating and radiant floor heat. Geothermal Cooling The heating process is reversed in the cooling mode - creating cold, conditioned air all through the home. Instead of pulling heat from the ground, heat is taken 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 Panama City area, contact Ridge Heating and Air. Start saving on your energy bills today.