Energy Conservation

Geothermal Systems

Energy Conservation

The sun has always provided heat for the earth. Its energy warms the earth directly, but also indirectly. Its heat evaporates water from the lakes and streams, which eventually falls back to earth and filters into the ground. A few metres of surface soil insulate the earth and ground water below. The warm earth and ground water below the surface provide a free, renewable source of energy for as long as the sun continues to shine. The earth under an average residential lot can easily provide enough free energy to heat and cool the home built on it. The free energy has only to be moved from the ground into your home.

A great visual description of how geothermal heating can work in a residential setting can be found at the following site >> How It Works.

Residential Geothermal Buyers Guide offers a comprehensive explanation on geothermal heating systems. BC homeowners have access to LiveSmart BC rebates for new geothermal heat pumps when they replace heating equipment. See Geothermal Rebates for more information on the rebate programs available to you.

Contact us to discuss your project and for an accurate assessment of your needs.

Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems (HRV)

Today’s modern homes are built with ever increasing energy efficiency standards, high levels of insulation and air tightness help to keep the costly heat inside, indoor air quality can be compromised if the house is not allowed to breathe – HRV is the answer. In older leaky homes fresh air would find its way in through the gaps around doors and windows, a house with such characteristics is now considered inefficient, heat recovery ventilation will not only save on your heating but it will help to ensure your home is a healthy place to live.

Our experienced service specialists are available to discuss your project and determine the best heat recovery system solution for you.

Heat Exchange Systems

A heat pump is an electrically powered mechanical device that takes heat from one location and moves it to another location. A typical air conditioner is a form of a heat pump in that it takes heat out of the interior space and then rejects that heat outdoors. However, a true heat pump can work in either direction, unlike a typical air conditioner. A heat pump can take heat out of an interior space, or it can put heat into an interior space.

Unlike gas and oil boilers, heat pumps deliver heat at lower temperatures over much longer periods. During the winter they may need to be on constantly to heat your home efficiently. You will also notice that radiators won’t feel as hot to the touch as they might do when you are using a gas or oil boiler.

To tell if an air source heat pump is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:

Geothermal Energy or Air Pump
  • Do you have somewhere to put it? You’ll need a place outside your home where a unit can be fitted to a wall or placed on the ground. It will need plenty of space around it to get a good flow of air. A sunny wall is ideal.
  • Is your home well insulated? Since air source heat pumps work best when producing heat at a lower temperature than traditional boilers, it’s essential that your home is insulated and draught-proofed well for the heating system to be effective.
  • What fuel will you be replacing? The system will pay for itself much more quickly if it’s replacing an electricity or coal heating system. Heat pumps may not be the best option for homes using mains gas.
  • What type of heating system will you use? Air source heat pumps can perform better with under-floor heating systems or warm air heating than with radiator-based systems because of the lower water temperatures required.
  • Is the system intended for a new building? Combining the installation with other building work can reduce the cost of installing the system.

You may also want to consider ground source heat pumps, which use pipes buried in the garden to extract heat from the ground.

Contact us to discuss your project and for an accurate assessment of your needs.