Geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems are efficient and eco-friendly, and their use helps to promote energy independence.
A new trade organization called the Pennsylvania Geothermal Heat Pump Association (PA-Geo) has been formed in order to grow the geothermal heat pump industry and educate Pennsylvanians and its workforce about the benefits of this technology.
PA-Geo’s founding members – which include Bill Ronayne, the owner of Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning – are residential and commercial geothermal professionals focused on the advancement of GHP technology in Pennsylvania.
PA-Geo focuses on increasing the visibility and understanding of GHP systems by connecting consumers with local professionals and inspiring property owners and stakeholders to invest in GHP systems. The member-driven nonprofit also provides training and education to those who wish to broaden their knowledge of geothermal technology and its many environmental and economic benefits.
“A geothermal system is the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient heating and cooling technology available,” said Ronayne.
GHP systems are clean, renewable, and efficient and pave the way for a healthier future for local and global communities. GHP systems use the thermal energy stored in the Earth, in conjunction with electricity, to provide space conditioning and water heating to facilities.
Below the Earth’s surface, the temperature remains constant. This stable temperature provides a source for heat in the winter and a means to reject excess heat in the summer. In a GHP system, a fluid (typically water) is circulated between the building and the ground loop piping buried in the ground. In the summer, the fluid picks up heat from the building and moves it to the ground. In the winter, the fluid picks up heat from the ground and moves it to the building. Heat pumps in the building make this transfer of heat possible.
Click here to learn more about the Pennsylvania Geothermal Heat Pump Association.