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Eden Energy Equipment Honours Rayco Refrigeration with 25 Years of Service as a Dedicated WaterFurnace Dealer

Guelph, ON - Eden Energy Equipment honoured RAYCO with a plaque noting 25 years of service as a dedicated independent WaterFurnace dealer at their 2009 Annual Dealer Meeting.

"We are very proud to have RAYCO as part of our WaterFurnace dealer network. They have been installing and servicing WaterFurnace geothermal equipment in the Peterborough area for over 25 years" says Gran Blackmore, president of Eden Energy Equipment Ltd.

RAYCO sells and services WaterFurnace products to Peterborough and surrounding areas. According to the Environment Protection Agency, geothermal systems are the most energy efficient, cost effective and environmentally-friendly space conditioning systems available. Geothermal heating and cooling systems from WaterFurnace can save building owners up to 70 per cent on their monthly energy bills. And because they do not burn any fossil fuels, they provide safe, reliable comfort without flames, fumes or threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.

About Eden Energy Equipment: Eden Energy Equipment Limited was established in 1981 as a wholesale/distribution company to service specialized markets in the HVAC industry. Eden Energy Equipment is the top distributor for WaterFurnace geothermal systems in North America. The success of Eden Energy Equipment is based on exceptional levels of customer service and product performance. WaterFurnace, Honeywell, Grundfos, Taco, Hepashield and vanEE are a few examples of the industry leading brand names that are associated with Eden Energy Equipment.

Couple sitting on HVAC geothermal units

Geothermal Basics

Geothermal energy has been used to heat and air condition buildings for several decades, and during that time, these Geothermal systems have been called many different thing. Some of the more popular variations include geo-thermal, geoexchange, ground-water, ground-water assisted, ground-water-source, and water-to-water.

All of these terms, though, convey the same thought: use of geothermal heat pump technology to tap the energy in the earth's surface and drive a heating and air conditioning system for both residential and commercial uses. The result is a green or natural heat pump that saves energy and benefits the environment.

A geothermal heat pump is the greenest way to go. Learn the facts about geothermal energy.

• An EPA study of energy efficiency concluded geothermal energy is the most environmentally friendly heating/cooling system.
• The United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded that geothermal energy is more efficient and cost-effective    compared with conventional residential systems.
• Available everywhere in the United States, geothermal energy can be found underground virtually anywhere.
• Geothermal cost savings can be increased by geothermal energy incentives, available from federal, state, local, and utility sources.

Energy and cost savings of geothermal heat pumps will vary by region and type of conventional system they're compared with. But the energy cost of geothermal versus conventional HVAC systems will always be lower - and the geothermal system will always be greener.

Geothermal FAQ's

How does a Geothermal heating and cooling system work?

Outdoor temperatures fluctuate with the changing seasons but underground temperatures don't. Four to six feet below the earth's surface, temperatures remain relatively constant year-round. A geothermal system, which typically consists of an indoor unit and a buried earth loop, capitalizes on these constant temperatures to provide "free" energy. In winter, fluid circulating through the system's earth loop absorbs stored heat and carries it indoors. The indoor unit compresses the heat to a higher temperature and distributes it throughout the building. In summer, the system reverses, pulling heat from the building, carrying it through the earth loop and depositing it in the cooler earth.

What makes a Geothermal system different from an ordinary system?

Unlike ordinary systems, Geothermal systems do not burn fossil fuel to generate heat; they simply transfer heat to and from the earth to provide a more efficient, affordable and environmentally friendly method of heating and cooling. Typically, electric power is used only to operate the unit's fan, compressor and pump.

What are the components of a Geothermal system?

The top three main parts consist of the heat-pump unit, the liquid heat-exchange medium (open or closed loop), and the air-delivery system (ductwork).

How efficient is a Geothermal system?

A Geothermal system is three to four times more efficient than the most efficient ordinary system. Because geothermal systems do not burn fossil fuels to make hear, they provide three to four units of energy for every one unit used to power the system.

Is the efficiency rating actual or just a manufacturer's average?

All heating and cooling systems have a rated efficiency from a U.S. governmental agency. Fossil fuel furnaces have a percentage efficiency rating. Natural gas, propane and fuel oil furnaces have efficiency ratings based on laboratory conditions. To get an accurate installed efficiency rating, factors such as flue gas heat losses and cycling losses caused by oversizing, blower fan electrical usage, etc., must be included.

Geothermal heat pumps, as well as all other types of heat pumps, have efficiencies rated according to their coefficient of performance or COP. It's a scientific way of determining how much energy the system produces versus how much it uses. Most geothermal heat pump systems have COPs of 3-4.5 (WaterFurnace's E Series is rated up to 4.7). That means for every one unit of energy used to power the system, 3-4.4 units are supplied as heat. Where a fossil fuel furnace may be 78-90 percent efficient, a geothermal heat pump is about 400 percent efficient. Some geothermal heat pump manufacturers and electric utilities use computers to accurately determine the operating efficiency of a system for your home or building.

Do geothermal systems require much maintenance?

No. Geothermal systems are practically maintenance free. When installed properly, the buried loop will last for generations. And the other half of the operation--the unit's fan, compressor and pump--is housed indoors, protected from the harsh weather conditions. Usually, periodic checks and filter changes are the only required maintenance.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Are all geothermal heat pumps alike?

No. There are different kinds of geothermal heat pumps designed for specific applications. Many geothermal heat pumps, for example, are intended for use only with higher temperature ground water encountered in open-loop system. Others will operate at entering water temperatures as low as 25°F, which are possible in closed-loop systems. Most geothermal heat pumps provide summer air conditioning, but a few brands are designed only for winter heating. Geothermal heat pumps also can differ in the way they are designed. Self-contained units combine the blower, compressor, heat exchanger and coil in a single cabinet. Split systems (such as the WaterFurnace ES Split) allow the coil to be added to a forced-air furnace and utilize the existing blower.

Will the minimum entering water temperature affect which geothermal heat pump I buy?

Yes. If you have an open loop system, your entering water temperatures (EWTs) may range from the 70s in the southern United States to the 40s in Canada. All heat pumps can handle temperatures in the moderate-to-warm range. A closed loop system, on the other hand, may encounter EWTs below freezing. Not all geothermal heat pumps will operate efficiently at those temperatures. It's important to know that EWTs at which your heat pump will operate most efficiently.

In the Loop

Do I need to separate earth loops for heating & cooling?

No. The same loop works for both. To switch heating to cooling, or vice versa, the flow of heat is simply reversed.

What types of loops are available?

There two main types: open and closed.

What is an open loop system?

An open loop system uses groundwater from an ordinary well as a heat source. The groundwater is pumped into the heat pump unit where heat is extracted and the water is disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. Because groundwater is a relatively constant temperature year-round, wells are an excellent heat source.

How much groundwater does an open loop system require?

The water requirement of a specific model is usually expressed in gallons per minute (g.p.m.) and is listed in the unit's specifications. Generally, the average system will use 1.5 g.p.m. per ton of capacity while operating, but the amount of water required depends on the size of the unit and the manufacturer's specifications. Water Source Heating & Cooling will provide this information. Your well and pump combination should be large enough to supply the water needed by the heat pump in addition to your domestic water requirements. You probably will need to enlarge your pressure tank or modify your plumbing to supply adequate water to the heat pump.

What do I do with the discharge water?

There are a number of ways to dispose of water after it has passed through the heat pump. The open discharge method is the easiest and least expensive. Open discharge simply involves releasing the water into a stream, river, lake, pond, ditch or drainage tile. Obviously, one of these alternatives must be readily available and have the capacity to accept the amount of water used by the heat pump before open discharge is feasible.

A second means of water discharge is the return well. A return well is a second well bore that returns the water to the ground aquifer. A return well must have enough capacity to dispose of the water passed through the heat pump. A new return well should be installed by a qualified well driller. Likewise, a professional should test the capacity of an existing well before it is used as a return.

What Every Owner Should Know

Can a geothermal heat pump be added to my fossil fuel furnace?

Split systems easily can be added to existing furnaces for those wishing to have a dual-fuel heating system. Dual-fuel systems use the heat pump as the main heating source and a fossil fuel furnace as a supplement in extremely cold weather if additional heat is needed.

Do I need to increase the size of my electric service?

Geothermal heat pumps don't use large amounts of resistance heat so your existing service may be adequate. Generally, a 200-amp service will have enough capacity and smaller amp services may be large enough in some cases. Your electric utility or contractor can determine your service needs.

How long is the payback period for a geothermal system?

To figure this accurately, you must know how much you'll save each year in energy costs with a geothermal system as well as the price difference between it and an ordinary heating system and central air conditioner.

As an example: If you'll save $700 per year with a geothermal system and the price difference is $2,000, your payback will be less than three years. If you install a geothermal system in a new home, the monthly savings in operating costs generally will offset the additional monthly cost in the mortgage, resulting in an immediate positive cash flow.