Customer chose to install a geothermal system in their new house in the Evergreen neighborhood of Saskatoon. They had access to natural gas but decided not to bring access into the house. A GE Hybrid Hot Water Tank was also installed to provide the remainder of the domestic hot water needs.
1. "We like the idea of not having to burn or pay for natural gas to heat our home or water. "
2. "We enjoy the fact that all equipment for system is inside and underground as to not create an eyesore."
3. "The air conditioning with this system is excellent."
4. "Lastly, we feel were helping the environment a bit by reducing our carbon with system. And after meeting with the staff and talking with them we were happy to go ahead and let them install our system."
- 5 Ton Climate Master TE064
- Vertical Ground loop
- GE Hybrid Hot Water Tank
- 4 Ton Climate Master TTV049
- Vertical Ground loop
Customer had an existing oil furnace and decided to install a geothermal system with a vertical ground loop.
"We had an oil furnace and had a great deal of trouble with it. We were also having problems finding furnace repairmen who traveled out of the cities, and who knew oil furnaces. When we decided to replace our existing furnace we wanted to get something that was high efficiency, cost effective, low maintenance and preferably environmentally friendly. It was also important for us to be able to get service, if the need should arise.
We went on line to study the various ways of heating our home, and studied the cost comparisons also provided. We found that geothermal heating seemed to provide what we were looking for."
"We choose miEnergy to install our geothermal system as we found that many places on-line, and many people we talked to said not all geothermal systems were created equal and almost everyone recommended a miEnergy system, and were pleased with miEnergy's service. After getting feedback from various sources we contacted several different companies who advertised geothermal systems and personally interviewed them. We were pleased with the professional and knowledgeable sales personal at miEnergy. They could explain the system to us, and provided both the pros and cons of a geothermal system. The also provided answers any questions and concerns we had. Therefore, we decided to purchase a geothermal system from miEnergy.
"At the beginning I mentioned it was important to us that we get something that we could get serviced if the need should arise. So far we have had very little reason to request service, but one the one occasion when we called about a seemingly faulty thermostat, we had a service technician here within a very short time to replace the unit. We have also had miEnergy staff stop by when they were in the area, just to see if everything was OK, or if we had any questions."
"miEnergy is one of the few companies that we will give a hat's off to the service we got. It is not only for miEnergy staff for maintaining the unit, but all the people that you brought in to install the unit. They were professional, friendly and did an excellent job."
- 9 Ton Climate Master Combo
- Vertical Ground loop
Customer building new house. In-floor heat in the basement and garage with forced air throughout house.
Electrical bills are $250/month for over 4700sq/ft of house with 17 ft ceilings and 1250 sq/ft garage.
"We contacted 3 different geothermal installers for quotes. miEnergy’s was the most comprehensive, cheapest (by a long shot) and the cost was fixed. The geothermal equipment had the best specs. Other installers wanted open ended tickets to cover drilling costs if the drilling ended up being more than they bargained for. miEnergy’s cost for drilling was fixed and any additional costs for drilling would have been borne by them. We had phoned a couple of miEnergy’s customers and nothing but good things were reported. We also Googled Climate Master and found their equipment to be second to none in the industry."
"We love the even temperature of the geothermal. There are no huge temperature swings associated with Nature Gas furnaces so the air doesn’t get as dry in the house as well. The set-back thermostat is incredible compared to any I have worked with in the past and easy to program. If the forced air unit is working hard because the outside temperature is below -30 deg.C the controller is intelligent enough to prevent frequent motor stop/starts which should extend the life of the awesome multi-speed motor. I even use the outside temperature indication feature on it which is an added feature which comes as part of the T-stat. Humidity indication is another plus. We find that overall Geothermal maintenance costs are low and support both over the phone and at our house way out in the sticks is incredible. miEnergy had left behind all the troubleshooting tools I needed for me to be able to take the readings they require to troubleshoot my system which saved me a bundle in call-out costs. No matter what time I call I get support immediately or shortly after and I’ve never been billed for the support in over 6 years! I wish all the suppliers/installers we used in building our home were as good as miEnergy. I would recommend them to anyone. The filter on the forced air unit is easily cleaned as well which saves a pile of money living out in the country."
A geothermal system uses energy from the sun, stored in the earth, to keep you in comfort all year round. Even in the winter, when a blanket of snow covers the ground, the earth's temperature remains approximately 10°C (50°F) at only six feet below the surface. Meaning that you have a steady supply of heat to keep you in comfort, even in the depths of the coldest winter.
The Ground Loop (Pipes)
Geothermal systems use a series of pipes buried in the ground called a ground loop. An ethanol solution is circulated through the pipes to make them highly efficient conductors of heat. In the winter, the ethanol in the pipes absorbs the heat from the ground and, now warmed up, the fluid is pumped back through the geothermal unit in the house. In the summer, the heat transfer process takes place in reverse. The fluid in the pipes leaves the house in a warm state, but after circulating underground is cooled as the pipes exchange heat with the cooler earth.
The Geothermal Unit (Heat Pump)
TThe underground loops connect to the main geothermal unit installed in your house, and connected to your home's forced air (or water radiator) system. Compatible with your home's distribution system.
A combo geothermal system utilizes forced air as well an hydronic heat pumps to maximize home comfort.
traditional Forced air
A forced air heat pump is similar to a traditional furnace. It connects to duct work and circulates heat and cool air throughout the house.
An in-floor (hydronic) geothermal boiler produces heated glycol which is circulated through pipe in a concrete floor. A great option for a heated garage or basement floor.
Vertical Ground Loop
A vertical loop field is the most typical installation process for a geothermal heat pump. The average vertical loop for a house could fit in a regular front or backyard. During a vertical loop field installation, a series of holes are drilled, each between 100 - 150 feet deep. Piping is fed down these holes and connected in a header pit. The piping is then grouted in the holes to achieve proper thermo-conductivity to the surrounding earth. Once all of the pipes are connected outside of the home, they are fed through a header trench into your home and connected to the geothermal heat pump. The average vertical loop takes 2 - 5 days to complete.
Horizontal Ground Loop
A horizontal loop installation usually occurs in more rural areas or yards with lots of space. Horizontal loops require a significant amount of land and disturb more area than a vertical loop. The average horizontal loop is approximately the size of a football field. The trenches are 8 - 10 feet deep to ensure the loop is safely below the frost line. Horizontal systems can be installed using an excavator or other ground moving equipment and can be installed in 2 - 5 days.
A geothermal system offer's savings from the day it's installed. Operating a geothermal system is significantly cheaper than other sources of heat such as propane, oil, and electricity. The premium paid for a geothermal system is recouped in the monthly operational savings.
With a geothermal system, you are reliant on one utility, power. It is not feasible to produce fossil fuels such as natural gas or propane, but you can generate your power. Alternative energy production methods such as solar will enable you to be "net zero" by producing as much power as you use. You will effectively be isolated from any increases in utility prices, saving significantly over the years.
The average geothermal system is equivalent to planting one acre of trees or taking two cars off the road
Not only does a geothermal system eliminate fossil fuels, but they also reduce noise pollution. With more consistent air flow around the home, a geothermal system also reduces cold spots and produces a more consistent home temperature.
Each geothermal system also generates on average 50% of your home's domestic hot water. Domestic hot water is the second biggest user of energy in homes today.
ALLOWS YOU TO IMMEDIATELY SAVE ON MONTHLY POWER BILLS
ISOLATES YOU FROM RISING POWER COSTS IN THE FUTURE
HELPS YOU DO YOUR PART FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
PREMIUM HOME COMFORT
LOWERS YOUR WATER COSTS
Requires No Maintenance
With a properly installed geothermal heating system, the loops buried in the ground can last for decades without requiring maintenance. The rest of the geothermal system is located indoors, so it is not exposed to the elements that might cause wear and tear.
Adds Value to Your Home
With more and more potential home buyers looking for residential properties that have energy saving features such as geothermal, Saskatchewan homeowners consider a geothermal installation to be an investment rather an expense. This type of heating and cooling system can actually add value to your home, should you consider selling it in the future.
No Negative Effect on the Environment
Geothermal heating systems use heat that is already stored under the ground, so the energy produced is fully sustainable and has no negative effect on the environment. Saskatchewan homeowners are doing their part to protect the environment by equipping their homes with geothermal systems.
Requires Very Little Space
Most of the components of a geothermal system are buried in the ground and the rest can be installed in the basement or garage, so the entire system doesn't take up much space.
Supplement the electrical costs of geothermal by adding a solar array. This will produce electricity each day and reduce your reliance on the electrical utility. You could be "Net Zero"!
A geothermal system is a smart investment for Saskatchewan homeowners. Considering that energy costs continue to rise, homeowners can benefit significantly from saving 40 to 60 percent annually on electricity bills. In as little as a few years, you will be able to recoup the costs you incurred for the installation of your geothermal system.
A geothermal or “ground-source” heat pump is an electrically-powered device that uses the natural heat storage ability of the earth and/or the earth’s groundwater to heat and cool your home or business at very high efficiencies.
Like any heat pump, it moves heat energy from one place to another. A geothermal heat pump is like a refrigerator because they work using the same scientific principle. By using refrigeration, the geothermal heat pump removes heat energy stored in the earth and the earth’s groundwater and transfers it to the home.
The earth can absorb and store heat energy. To use that stored geothermal energy, it is extracted from the earth through a liquid circulated in the ground via a loop. The energy is transferred to the heat pump heat exchanger where the heat is used to heat your home. In the summer, the process is reversed, and indoor heat is extracted from your home and transferred to the earth through the liquid circulating in the loops underground.
No, the same loop works for both. When changing from heating to cooling, or vise versa, the flow of heat is reversed by a mechanism inside the unit.
Properly installed, these pipes will last over 50 years.
No, research has proven that loops have no adverse effect on grass, trees or shrubs. Most horizontal loop installations use trenches about 3 feet wide or less. This, of course, will leave temporary bare areas that can be restored with grass seed or sod. Vertical loops require less space and result in minimal lawn damage.
No, at this point in time there is no provincial or federal rebate programs.
There are two other loop options that miEnergy does not offer or recommend for its projects:
Lake or pond loops
A pond loop field can be installed when the property is located near a large body of fresh water such as a pond or lake. In Saskatchewan, our harsh winters require geothermal loops have access to reliable sources of energy. If the body of water does not have the proper capacity, it will not be able to generate the energy needed to sustain proper heat throughout the winter. Also, there are environmental policies restricting the excavation of trenches from the body of water to the structure.
An open loop requires an ample source of groundwater. A well is drilled into a water source; it is circulated to the heat pump - where heat is extracted - and sent down a return well where it re-enters the water source. Open loops are less common because they require a significant and constant water source below the surface.
With vertical and horizontal ground loops, miEnergy can be confident your geothermal system will operate correctly for the lifetime of the system.
Just like any other mechanical system, the equipment will need to be replaced eventually. The manufacturer suggest a life-span of approximately 25 years.
Yes, all of our heat pumps come with a direct-from-manufacture warranty. The warranty is a 5 year labor and electrical with a 10 year on all major refrigeration components.
No, a properly designed and installed geothermal system will provide 100% heating and cooling. The system will also produce approximately 50% of your domestic hot water.