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Benefits of Geothermal HVAC for Your Business


More businesses are adopting geothermal power than ever before. There are many benefits of using geothermal to provide heating and cooling for a commercial space, and the advances in the technology has made it easier than ever to find the space necessary for the ground loops. So if you’ve considered making the change to a geothermal HVAC system (a.k.a. a ground-source heat pump), right now is a great time to look into it. Our team would love to help you find out more about the possibilities.

For right now, let’s focus on some of the major benefits of commercial geothermal heating and cooling.

Reliable performance all year

One of the difficulties with standard commercial rooftop heat pumps is that they can lose their energy efficiency in extreme temperatures. In summer, the heat pump must expel heat to the outdoor air, and in the winter it must draw heat from that same air—not an easy job in either case. A geothermal heat pump doesn’t use the outdoor air at all, but instead the temperature underground, which remains stable regardless of the top-side weather. This is especially helpful in winter: the coldest day won’t slow down your geothermal HVAC system.

Energy savings

This is where geothermal heat pumps shine. Because of the stable temperatures below the frost line (around 10’, which is where the ground loops are usually placed), a heat pump doesn’t have to work as hard to either draw heat or deposit heat. Geothermal systems can work at 4 to 6 times the efficiency of other types of HVAC equipment, and that means immense energy savings each year. This helps to make a geothermal HVAC system more affordable: it can pay off its initial installation in around 5 to 8 years.


You won’t find a longer-lived HVAC system than a geothermal one. The indoor heat pump components will last around 15 years, but the underground loops can last for more than 50 years. You can expect to reap the benefits of your commercial heat pump for decades. 


One of the main concerns people have about installing any type of geothermal system is the space necessary for the ground loops. This has become less of a problem because of the different loop configurations available that can make good use of a small space, such as vertical loops that are sent down into deep-drilled holes rather than laid out flat in shallow trenches.

Environmental benefits

Using geothermal is a great way to help your business “go green.” Geothermal power reduces energy consumption and lowers the dependency on coal and fossil fuels, and it emits few harmful emissions into the air. Thanks to these benefits, geothermal installations can qualify a business for state tax incentives and rebates. 

We offer service for commercial geothermal in Columbus, GA, and we’d love to help your business realize the full potential of using geothermal heating and cooling. If you already use a geothermal HVAC system, we’re the local team you can trust for repairs and regular maintenance. We’re affiliated with Alabama Power and Georgia Power so you know we understand the newest in technological advancements. 

You can Rely on Riley! Contact Riley Heating & Air for commercial geothermal services as well as other commercial HVAC services.

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