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Category: Home Improvement
Forum Name: Electrical, Plumbing & Heating/Cooling
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Printed Date: November/29/2021 at 12:33pm

Topic: geo-thermal heat
Posted By: donp
Subject: geo-thermal heat
Date Posted: December/26/2005 at 7:01am
for years i've been thinking about building a brand new house and one of the things i have been thinking about installing into my new house is geo-thermal heating system. if you are unfamiliar with this type of system, it is the most simple thing in the world. a geo-thermal system draws heat from the earth via a small pump to heat your home. it maintains your homes internal temperature at the same temperature of the earth. usually 65-67 degrees f all year round. there would be no need for air condditioning in the summer, and no real need for a furnace during the winter, very energy efficient.

Posted By: dusty151617
Date Posted: December/26/2005 at 8:37am
I voted yes. 65 degrees might be a little cold but you can just cover up.

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Posted By: pattirose
Date Posted: January/26/2006 at 11:56am
I voted yes too. It's very popular here in Canada only drawback is the cost but they say you make that up in a few years - here anyway. If your handy at all you could probably put it in yourself and in the US you guys could probably get a gov't rebate. Definite yes.

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Posted By: jen the oddfrog
Date Posted: January/27/2006 at 9:04am
Sounds good to me...I rarely go above 68 in the winter anyways, too expensive and gives you more reason to snuggle up with somebody !!

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Posted By: GeneB
Date Posted: February/28/2006 at 2:09pm
There is some famous house in Ohio...owned by an engineering/drafting professor, that is built totally geo-thermal, from the design on up. He says he got grants from the state to help pay for the construction. Anyway, we make heat-exchanger tubing; twisty-tube we call it, and we made these big coils that are mounted under his basement in 55 gallon drums full of ethylene glycol pumped up onto the roof thru solar collectors, to heat all his water in lieu of a hot water heater. The research from his house is supposed to be public domain, free for others to use.
The twisty tube looks like this!
(OOPS, sorry, pic too big. I will get a smaller one and post it here)
OR, check out our company website at:    look for turbulence tube

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Posted By: GeneB
Date Posted: February/28/2006 at 3:29pm
The house mentioned above is named 'Solara'. It is in Ohio Somewhere. Here is a picture of the 'twisty-tube', joined together and coiled with polyethylene brackets to be used in a 55 gallon drum. All of the hot water in his house will be heated by the exchange of heat in the drum from the ethylene glycol heated on the roof by the sun. Mostly we do Stainless Steel for High Tech applications, but we can also twist coil copper brass and aluminum tubing. There are only 3 companies that do this in the USA, and we are the only one taking new customers. The surface area is increased 300%-500%, and the medium is forced to spin and mix, allowing for homogenity.

oops. Picture must be 75 KB. Mine was 90 kb

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