The 3 Types of Closed Loop Geothermal Energy Systems

At Applied Resource Management, we’re big fans of geothermal energy. What’s not to like? Compared to air source heat pumps, geothermal is efficient, easier to maintain, and less expensive in the long run, to name just a few benefits.

By now, you’re probably sold on geothermal. “Sign me up!” you say. Before you can contact Applied Resource Management and schedule an installation, there’s one more thing you must consider. Do you want a closed loop system, or an open loop system? While both have benefits, there will be one system that is right for you depending on your home’s size, location, insulation type, and other factors. Today, we’re going to discuss closed loop systems in more detail—if you’re interested in open loop systems, stay tuned for a future post!

In a closed loop system, underground piping loops circulate fluid out of the ground and then back through the heat pump in a continuous loop. These systems are installed in three different ways:

Vertical Closed Loop System

The most common kind of closed loop system is installed vertically, as this requires less space. Closed loop systems provide more control over the amount of water used and require less maintenance. These are often used by large commercial buildings and schools, since the land in these locations is often more expensive. Vertical closed loop systems are also a great choice

Horizontal Closed Loop Systems

This type of installation is generally most cost-effective for residential installations, particularly for new construction where sufficient land is available. It requires trenches at least four feet deep.

Pond/Lake Closed Loop Systems

This option is the most affordable, but it comes with a catch—you have to have an adequate body of water in order to install it. In this closed loop system, a supply line pipe is run underground from the building to the water and coiled into circles eight feed under the surface, which is deep enough to prevent freezing.

How to Get a Closed Loop System

A drilling contractor, such as those employed at Applied Resource Management, can install whichever style of closed loop system is the best fit for your home. If you’re interested in this environmentally friendly and cost-effective heating and cooling system, contact us today to get started!

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How to Save Money with an Irrigation Well

If you’re looking for ways to save money on the high cost of city water, an irrigation well could be the answer. Below are three different situations in which an irrigation well is the smartest choice for your home and your wallet.

Savings for Beachside Communities

In southeastern North Carolina, many people enjoy beautiful houses on the coast. While the benefits of living near the ocean are plentiful—surf, sand, and sun, to name just a few—the wind and sandy soil can dry out your land, turning your lawn brown and making your shrubs and gardens wither. It requires a lot of water to offset this, which can add up quickly—unless you have an irrigation well.

An irrigation well, while more expensive upfront, will usually pay for itself within three years. And the lower water bill you enjoy each month will make the investment worth it! Go ahead, turn on the sprinkler and enjoy a lush, green lawn—you’ve earned it.

Savings for Swimming Pool Owners

A swimming pool in your backyard is the ultimate luxury. No battling for parking spots at the beach, clean and comfortable bathrooms a few feet away, all the snacks and drinks you could want, and endless pool parties all summer long. The only downside of owning a pool? Filling it every year. The average in-ground backyard pool holds between 18,000 and 20,000 gallons of water, and a professional pool water delivery service will cost around $400.

A great way to save money on refilling your swimming pool is using well water. This low-cost option provides clean, all-natural water for your pool every single year at no extra cost. If you own a swimming pool, it’s an option you should definitely consider!

Savings for Large and Small Scale Farms

An irrigation well is a dependable source of water, which is vital to a successful farming operation. Groundwater is the most—nay, the only—truly dependable water source in America.

Irrigation can increase crop yield by 20-65% in an average year depending on what you grow, and it’s incredibly beneficial in times of drought. A good irrigation well can also last for generations, so not only will you reap the rewards of this smart investment, but your children and their children will also sing your praises as they keep their crops healthy and thriving.

Applied Resource Management has the tools, the staff, and the experience to get you the water you need at a price you can afford. If this article has convinced you that an irrigation well is the way to go, contact us today to discuss how you can get started.