Geothermal Loopfield Design & Installation
The most important component in your Geothermal Heating and Cooling system is your Loopfield. Without your loopfield, heating and cooling your home would be impossible! Having a correctly sized loopfield is essential in achieving maximum efficiency. Below you will find information on the different types of loopfields we design and install!
The most typical Geothermal loopfield is dug horizontally in your yard with an excavator. We dig "trenches" that will hold your HDPE piping that circulate the water mixture that will then flow into your Geothermal heat pump located in your basement. The water continually flows through the loopfield with the help of a flow center which is located right next to your geothermal unit. Generally, horizontal loop fields require an adequate amount of space in your yard. If you do not have enough space, you may be better suited for a vertical geothermal well or a pond loop!
TIP: When contacting us about geothermal installations include an overhead view of your home or lot (easily captured on Google Maps) to help us determine what type of loopfield would work best for your home.
Vertical loopfields are available to everyone and allow for the installation of loopfields in lots with little space. They are also popular with commercial applications because we are able to drill through concrete or asphalt, something that is not as easy to do with an excavator.
When a vertical loop is drilled, the HDPE piping in as far as 400 feet underground and can be encased to ensure that the loops do not shift or move. Once the drilling is complete, a small trench is then dug to your home so that your loopfield can be connected with your Geothermal heating and cooling unit. At the end of the project, your yard or driveway is then put back to how it was before the drilling occurred. You will never know there is a 400 ft deep drill under your lot or driveway!
Have a pond? Don't want to tear up your yard? A pond loop is an alternative option to the traditional horizontal or vertical loopfield. With a pond loop, we use the same HDPE piping and create a blanket of loops that is help together by a mesh net.
One benefit of a pond loop is there are no excavation costs, which is one of the highest costs associated with installing a geothermal heating and cooling system.